The Genetics and Genomics Initiative (GGI) at NC State University invited current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in two summer contests aimed at illuminating the breadth of research taking place in GGI-affiliated labs at NC State. The winners of these competitions are shown below and were awarded cash prizes from our corporate sponsors.
Present a 3-min Zoom flash talk about your genetics/genomics-related research at the GGI seminar series on August 17, 2020. This opportunity will enable you to hone your presentation skills and publicize your work in the GGI community. If you would like to participate, submit your name, the name of your PI, your proposed talk title, and a brief abstract (150-200 words) no later than July 15, 2020. Apply by filling out the Google form.
You will be notified by July 22, 2020 if your topic was selected for the 3-min presentation. Up to 10 student/postdoc speakers will be invited to present via Zoom on August 17 to jump-start the 2020-2021 GGI seminar series. The best talk will be selected by a panel of judges and the contest winner will be announced at the GGI retreat on August 29, 2020.
1st Place Winner: Khushi Goda
Graduate Student | Isik Lab
Talk Title: A multi-functional software for optimizing mating while minimizing inbreeding in monoecious species
2nd Place Winner: Echo Pan
Graduate Student | Barrangou Lab
Talk Title: Engineering Lactobacillus acidophilus for mucosal vaccine delivery
3rd Place Winner: Erin Peterson
Graduate Student | Roberts Lab
Talk Title: First confirmation of a 0W/00 sex determination system and its disruption in interspecies hybrids
If your group has recently published an exciting research article (publication date of 2019-2020) in a peer-reviewed journal and the study includes genetics and/or genomics content, consider nominating the first author of your publication for the “GGI Paper of the Year” contest. Encourage the leading student/postdoc author to enter the competition by having them submit a brief explanation (150-200 words) of what their contribution to the study was and why they believe their paper is especially impactful, along with a pdf of the article, by July 15, 2020. Apply by filling out the Google form.
Self-nominations from students and postdocs are welcome! All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The winner of the contest will be announced on August, 17 2020 at the first GGI seminar of the 2020-2021 seminar season and invited to present a 10-min Zoom talk about the findings of the paper at the GGI retreat on August 29, 2020.
We hope you will consider participating in both of these contests and we are looking forward to getting student and postdoc submissions from all GGI-affiliated labs.
Winner: Michael McLaren
Postdoc | Callahan Lab
Paper Title: Consistent and correctable bias in metagenomic sequencing experiments
Read Michael's paper here.