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GGA Summer 2022 Teamwork Mini-Grants

The NC State’s Genetics and Genomics Academy (GGA) is inviting undergraduate students interested in or currently involved in Genetics & Genomics-related research to apply for GGA Summer Teamwork Mini-Grants together with their prospective or actual mentors who are current NC State graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or research scholars.

GGA will provide one-time awards of up to $3000 to help support the needs of collaborative research projects lead by undergraduates working in GGA-affiliated laboratories on campus under the direct supervision of NC State postdoctoral fellows or graduate students. Each team of two applying for this competitive award can request up to $1000 in supplies, equipment or software needed for the project, in addition to a $1000 stipend for the student and $1000 for their mentor. Up to 10 mini-grants will be awarded in 2022.

To apply, students and their trainers should complete this Google form, submit a one-page description of their proposed research to be conducted in the summer of 2022 outlining the respective roles of both team members, and a short budget listing the specific needs of the project. A letter of support from a faculty research mentor should be included in the form as an attachment. The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2022, with the results announced by April 1, 2022. The mini-grants can be received by undergraduates and their trainers on top of other forms of support (federal work-study, Provost’s professional experience program, REU, private scholarships, fellowships, grant funding, etc.). However, students and mentors are eligible for only one GGA award per year.

GGA Mini-Grants for 2022 have been awarded! Below are the award recipients:

Skylar Ashforth, Junior (Mentor: Sydney Harned)
 
Lindsey Wilson, Junior (Mentor: Elizabeth Moore)
 
Caroline Batten, Junior (Mentor: Chengsong Zhao)
 
Alex Marchi, Sophomore (Mentor: Matthew Neubauer)
 
Abhishek Singh, Sophomore (Mentor: Caroline McKinney-Aguirre)
 
Jennifer O'neil, Junior (Mentor: Chris Estridge)
 
Paulina Bonilla, Senior (Mentor: Dr. Nathan Maren)

Andi Barker, Senior (Mentor: Kara Carlson)
 
Amanda Merkel, Sophomore (Mentor: Hao Chen)
 
Jonathan Zirkel, Junior (Mentor: Grant Billings)
 
Rachael Bieler, Sophomore (Mentor: Dana Hodorovich)
 
Alayna Moore, Junior (Mentor: Aldo Carmona Baez)
 
Hannah Pil, Sophomore (Mentor: Nirwan Tandukar)

GGA Graduate Student and Postdoc Travel Awards (Spring/Summer 2022)

The NC State’s Genetics and Genomics Academy (GGA) is pleased to announce the availability of travel funds to support NC State graduate students and postdoctoral fellows traveling to conferences, workshops, or collaborator institutions. GGA will provide a one-time reimbursement for up to $1000 to help defray the cost of attending conferences and other professional activities in the area of Genetics & Genomics to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research scholars being trained in GGA-affiliated labs. The cost of transportation, housing and conference registration fees are considered eligible travel expenses.

To apply, students and postdocs should complete this Google form, submit a short description of their travel plans (that will take place in the spring, summer and/or fall of 2022) and a justification of how this conference will benefit their career development and relates to the fields of Genetics and Genomics. Apply starting on January 15, 2021. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis for as long as funds are available. Trainees receiving travels funds are asked to acknowledge the GGA in their presentations.

GGA Travel Funds for 2022 have been awarded! Below are the award recipients:

Modesta Abugu, Doctoral Student
 
Phillip Brown, Doctoral Student
 
Kara Carlson, Doctoral Student
 
Carly Catella, Doctoral Student
 
Leandra Caywood, Doctoral Student
 
Hao Chen, Postdoc
 
Nicole Choquette, Doctoral Student
 
R. Chris Estridge, Doctoral Student
 
Mario Fenech Torres, Postdoc
 
Kevin Lin, Doctoral Student
 
Morgan Maly, Doctoral Student
 
Marlonni Maurastoni Araujo, Postdoc
Megan Elizabeth Moore, Postdoc
 
Luis Rivera Burgos, Postdoc
 
Margot Ruffieux, Doctoral Student
 
Enrique Schwarzkopf Kratzer, Postdoc
 
Mark Simmers, Doctoral Student
 
Chie Tamamoto-Mochizuki, Postdoc
 
Preethi Thunga, Doctoral Student
 
Joseph Tolsma, Doctoral Student
 
Beatriz Tome Gouveia, Postdoc
 
Andrea Vu, Postdoc
 
Alison Waldman, Doctoral Student
 
Katherine Willman, Postdoc

 

Past Events

Summer 2021 Contests


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 were announced during the GGI 4th Annual Retreat and awarded cash prizes from our corporate sponsors.

Contest 1

Present a 3-min in-person flash talk about your genetics/genomics-related research at the GGI seminar series on August 16, 2021. 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) by July 15, 2021. Apply by filling out the Google form.
Participants will be notified by July 30, 2021 if your topic was selected for the 3-min presentation. Up to 10 student/postdoc speakers will be invited to present in person on August 16 to jump-start the 2021-2022 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 20, 2021.

Anna Yaschenko

1st Place Winner: Anna Yaschenko

Graduate Student | Stepanova Lab

Talk Title: Leveraging synthetic promoters to control gene expression

Marco Hamins-Puertolas

2nd Place Winner: Marco Hamins-Puertolas

Graduate Student | Rasmussen Lab

Talk Title: Inferring multiscale selection pressures from pathogen phylogenies using a Continuous Type Birth-Death Model

Jessica Martinez-Baird

(Tie) 3rd Place Winner: Jessica Martinez-Baird

Graduate Student | Laplante Lab

Talk Title: Working together to Divide: Understanding the Roles of Lesser Known Myosin proteins in Cytokinesis

Megan Dillon

(Tie) 3rd Place Winner: Megan Dillon

Graduate Student | Breen & Burford Reiskind Labs

Talk Title: The Dogs of Chernobyl: How long-term exposure to nuclear radiation has influenced the genome of a population of dogs

Adam Greer

(Tie) 3rd Place Winner: Adam Greer

Graduate Student | Gaddameedhi Lab

Talk Title: The Enigma of Sex Differences in Melanoma Skin Cancer

Contest 2

If your group has recently published an exciting research article (publication date of 2020-2021) 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, 2021. 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 16, 2021 at the first GGI seminar of the 2021-2022 seminar season and invited to present a 10-min live talk about the findings of the paper at the GGI retreat on August 20, 2021.

 

Alison Waldman

Winner: Alison Waldman

Graduate Student | Keung & Rao Labs

Paper Title: Mapping the residue specificities of epigenome enzymes by yeast surface display

Read Alison's paper here.

Jessica Lee

Honorable Mention: Jessica Lee

Graduate Student | Keung Lab

Paper Title: Mapping the dynamic transfer functions of eukaryotic gene regulation

Eddie Lauer

Honorable Mention: Eddie Lauer

Graduate Student | Isik Lab

Paper Title: Major QTL confer race-nonspecific resistance in the co-evolved Cronartium quercuum f. sp. fusiforme-Pinus taeda pathosystem

Jennifer Baltzegar

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Baltzegar

Postdoctoral Scholar | Gould Lab

Paper Title: Rapid evolution of knockdown resistance haplotypes in response to pyrethroid selection in Aedes aegypti

Summer 2020 Contests


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.

Contest 1

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.

Khushi Goda

1st Place Winner: Khushi Goda

Graduate Student | Isik Lab

Talk Title: A multi-functional software for optimizing mating while minimizing inbreeding in monoecious species

Echo Pan

2nd Place Winner: Echo Pan

Graduate Student | Barrangou Lab

Talk Title: Engineering Lactobacillus acidophilus for mucosal vaccine delivery

Erin Peterson

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

Contest 2

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.

Michael McLaren

Winner: Michael McLaren

Postdoc | Callahan Lab

Paper Title: Consistent and correctable bias in metagenomic sequencing experiments

Read Michael's paper here.