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Nat'l Science Foundation Fellowships Awarded

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012

Congratulations to Natalie Christian, Deidra Jacobsen-Castillo, Nikki M. Rendon, Daniel Schwab, Mohammad Siddiq, and Beth Anne Reinke, who were selected by the National Science Foundation to receive prestigious awards through its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). These six GRFP Fellows will be supported for three years, and each will earn an annual $30,000 stipend. Additionally, the program pays each student’s graduate institution a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance. Students selected for the GRFP Fellowships demonstrate the potential for significant achievements in their fields, helping to strengthen the vitality and diversity of scientific and engineering research in the United States. Past fellowship recipients have made transformative research breakthroughs, are leaders in their fields, and some have even been honored as Nobel laureates.

Currently enrolled in IU Department of Biology programs are:

  •  Deidra Jacobsen-Castillo, a graduate student working with Lynda Delph, who studieshow plants respond to different stressors, such as inbreeding, herbivory, or pollen limitation.
  • Nikki Rendon, a graduate student in Gregory Demas’ laboratory, studying novel mechanisms in aggression using Siberian hamsters, Phodopus sungorus, as her research model.
  • Mohammad “Mo” Siddiq graduates in May with a B.S. in Biology with Honors and a minor in Mathematics. He is a member of Kristi Montooth’s lab, conducting genomic research using the fruit fly, Drosophila, as his research model. Siddiq will pursue a doctorate at the University of Chicago.
  • Beth Anne Reinke graduates this May with a B.A. through IU’s Individualized Major Program, majoring in Zoology, with minors in African Languages, Anthropology, and Biology. She is also earning a Certificate in Animal Behavior. Her research studies the effects of pollution on turtle populations. Reinke initially worked with Gregory Demas, but later joined David Polly’s research team. She will pursue doctoral work at Dartmouth College.

Entering our Evolution, Ecology & Behavior graduate program this fall are:

  • Natalie Christian, who graduates this May from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Spanish. There, she is a member of Patrick Abbot’s integrative biology lab doing research on Pemphigus aphids. She plans to join Keith Clay’s laboratory.
  • Daniel Schwab graduates from the College of William and Mary this May, earning a BS in Biology with Honors. He is a member of Jonathan Allen’s research team, and Schwab’s research involves maternal size effects on reproduction and larval development in the mud snail, Ilyanassa obsolete.” Schwab will join Armin Moczek’s team, where he plans to study the evolution of developmental plasticity

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