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Biology Undergraduate Research Award
Sofia Bertoloni Meli, 2016 Biology Undergraduate Research Award Recipient
Sofia Bertoloni Meli was recognized for her paper, “Trade-off between the parasitic and anti-competitor roles of a bacterial symbiont of insect-parasitic nematodes” that was based on research done in Dr. Farrah Bashey-Visser’s laboratory. There Sofia researched microbial symbionts and how their roles may be beneficial in one context but harmful in another, using a bacterial symbiont of insect-parasitic nematodes. Her work in the Bashey-Visser laboratory also earned her the Fox Glen Research and Education Fund Award.
Sofia has been on the Dean’s List since 2012. A member of IU’s Hutton Honors College, she received a College International Experiences Program Grant from the college that enabled her to participate in a study abroad experience in Costa Rica in 2013. She also received a Hutton Honors College Travel Grant to present her research at Evolution 2014.