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BRC Travel Grants Annouced

The Biotechnology Research Center has announced the recipients of its fall travel grants:

  • Graduate student Tayloria Adams (ChE): $500 toward a poster presentation at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting held in Minneapolis, in October.
  • Graduate student Aytug Gencoglu (ChE): $500 toward a podium presentation at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting held in Minneapolis, in October.
  • Graduate student Seyyed Hessam Mir Shah Ghassemi (ME-EM): $500 toward a podium presentation at the Electrochemistry 2011 meeting held Boston, in October.
  • Undergraduate student Hallie Holmes (Biomedical Engineering): $500 toward a podium presentation at the Biomedical Engineering Society annual meeting held Hartford, Conn., in October.
  • Graduate student Beini Jiang (MATH): $500 toward a poster presentation at the WORLDCOMP ’11 Meeting held in Las Vegas, in July.
  • Graduate student Robert Larson (KIP): $500 toward a poster presentation at the Experimental Biology 2011 Conference held in Washington, DC, in April.
  • Graduate student Kaela Leonard (ChE): $500 toward a podium presentation at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting held in Minneapolis, in October
  • Graduate student Saikat Mukhopadhay (Physics): $500 toward a poster presentation at the International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Physics to be held in Kolkata, India, in December.
  • Graduate student Haley Rupp (SFRES): $500 toward a poster presentation at the WoW 2011 Symposium held in Vancouver, British Columbia, in June.
  • Graduate student Alicia Sawdon (ChE): $500 toward a podium presentation at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting held in Minneapolis, in October.
  • Graduate student Christopher Schwartz (KIP): $500 toward a poster presentation at the Experimental Biology 2011 Conference held in Washington, DC, in April.
  • Graduate student Katherine Snyder (Biomedical Engineering): $500 toward a poster presentation at the ORS 2011 annual meeting held in Long Beach, Calif., in January.
  • Graduate student Chungja Yang (ChE): $250 toward a poster presentation at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting held in Minneapolis, in October.
  • Graduate student Huan Yang (KIP): $500 toward a poster presentation at the Experimental Biology 2011 conference held in Washington, DC, in April.

ESC/BRC Student Research Forum Winners Announced

The Ecosystem Science Center and the Biotechnology Research Center announce award recipients of the Seventh Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum, held March 25.

For the graduate students, two Grand Prize Awards, six Merit Awards and two Honorable Mention Awards were presented. They were selected from among the 42 posters and abstracts submitted by graduate students conducting research related to ecology, the environment and biotechnology at Michigan Tech. New this year was a separate undergraduate research division with 9 submissions. For the undergraduate students, each center awarded a grand prize winner.

Posters will continue to be on display in the atrium of the Noblet Building, School of Forest Resources, Michigan Tech Campus through April 8

Graduate Research$500 Grand Prizes
Ecosystem Science Center:

  • Mickey Jarvi (SFRES) for “Sugar Maple Root Respiration Shows No Short-Term Acclimation to Soil Warming,” advisor: Andrew Burton

Biotechnology Research Center:

  • Katherine Snyder (BME) for “Development of a Novel Vapor Deposited Silica Sol Particles for Use as a Bioactive Materials System,” advisor: Rupak Rajachar

$100 Merit Awards
Ecosystem Science Center:

  • Rita Koch (SFRES) for “Insect and Disease Response to Prescribed Burning, Harvesting and Wildfire in Red Pine Forests,” advisors: Linda Nagel and Andrew Storer.
  • Meagan L. Harless (Biological Sciences) for “Sublethal Effects of Road Salt (NaCl) Exposure on the Survival and Growth of Larval Wood Frogs (Lithobates sylvatica),” advisor: Casey Huckins.
  • Laura Kangas (SFRES) for “Microtopography in Created Northern White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis L.) Wetlands,” advisor: Rodney Chimner

Biotechnology Research Center

  • Yiru Chen (SFRES) for “Auxin Efflux Carrier Pta PIN9 Regulates Wood Formation and Gravitropic Response in Poplar,” advisor: Victor Busov
  • Surendar Reddy Dhadi (Biological Sciences) for “Functional Analysis of Bidirectional Promoters in Rice,” advisor: Ramakrishna Wusirika
  • Xiaochu Ding (Chemistry) for “Efficient One-Pot Synthesis and Loading of Self-Assembled Amphiphilic Chitosan Nanoparticles for Low-Leaching Wood Preservation,” advisor: Patricia Heiden

$50 Honorable Mention Awards: Ecosystem Science Center

  • Marcella Campione (SFRES) for “Herbaceous Community Compositional Changes in a Northern Hardwood Forest,” advisor: Linda Nagel
  • Karl Romanowicz (SFRES) for “Plant Species Composition in Northern Peatland Ecosystems may have Significant Effects on Carbon Cycling,” advisor: Erik Lilleskov

Undergraduate Research: $150 Grand Prize Awards
Ecosystem Science Center

  • Alisha Autio (SFRES) for “The Effects of Canopy Height on Leaf Mass per Area in Eucalyptus Spp,” advisor: Molly Cavaleri

Biotechnology Research Center

  • Hal Holmes (BME) for “Magnetoelastic Materials as a Means to Control and Monitor Cellular Adhesion,” advisor: Rupak Rajachar

Organizers thank participants, the judges and all who helped with another successful ESC/BRC Student Research Forum.


Seventh Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum

The Seventh Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum will be held this Friday March 25th, 2011 from 3-5pm with awards and pizza following.

Graduate students working in ecosystem science and biotechnology fields will present their research posters in the atrium of the UJ Noblet Forestry Building. New this year is a separate undergraduate division.

Please join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. See graduate student and undergraduate student participants. Even numbered posters will present from 3-4 and odd numbered posters will present from 4-5.

Please contact Jill Fisher, Program Manager for the ESC, jhfisher@mtu.edu or Mary Tassava, Program Manager for the BRC, mltassav@mtu.edu, for more information.