We honor here two graduate students in the School of Integrative Biology (SIB), University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. They are
Jessica Lira Viana
(for the 2019 Govindjee and Rajni Award) and
(for the 2019 Robert Emerson Award).
Jessica Lira Viana, the 2019 recipient of the Govindjee & Rajni Govindjee award for Excellence in Biological Research (see: sib.illinois.edu/graduate/grants/Govindjee), is in Jim Dalling's Lab (Department of Plant Biology, UIUC). She is investigating how chromosome number and genome size in ferns influence species growth performance and distribution along a gradient of phosphorus availability.
Rachel Moran, the 2019 Robert Emerson Memorial Awardee of the School of Integrative Biology, UIUC (see: sib.illinois.edu/graduate/grants/Emerson is in Becky Fuller's Lab (Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, UIUC); her research uses behavior and genomics to study speciation in fishes. For further details, see her web site at https://rachelmoran1.wordpress.com/. She has just finished her PhD and is now working as a postdoc associate at the University of Minnesota.
Date: May 2019