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STUDENT  RESEARCH AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS
  1. Six undergraduate research students: Tashana Haye, Katherine Smith Ewan Peterson. Mariama Bass, Kiana Brown and Rigoberto Segovia have, each received a stipend of $1000 in Fall 2014 semester through the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program that is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study.
  2. Two undergraduate research students: Zachary Nofs and Precious Ajala have, each received a stipend of $2000 in Fall 2014 through the UWG's Uwise research grant.
  3. Employing functional genomics to study chlorophyll biosynthesis in the green micro-alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Tashana Haye; College of Science & Mathematics, Research Day (First place, cash award), March 2014. Tashana presented her research at the Big Night at UWG.
  4. Undergraduate research student Tashana Haye won the best research paper presentation award at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC), January 2014, in Columbus, GA. She was awarded a certificate and a $100 cash award.
  5. Three undergraduate research students: Tashana Haye, Katherine Smith and Theresa Fuller have each received a stipend of $1000 in Spring 2014 semester through the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program  that is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study.
  6. Four undergraduate research students: Tashana Haye, Katherine Smith, Darryel Wilson and Theresa Fuller have each received a stipend of $2000 in the past two years, through the UWG's Uwise research grant.
  7. Undergraduate research students, Kathryn Lankford, Darryel Wilson were awarded the first place in the undergraduate research poster competition ($150 cash award and a framed certificate) by the American society of Plant Biologists, southern section; April, 2013. Poster title: Characterization of two Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutants which are defective in chlorophyll biosynthesis and photosynthesis under different irradiance conditions.
AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIP (most recent at the top)
  1. Awarded  College of Science & Mathematics Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to student success, in April, 2014.
  2. Awarded Excellence in Research award by the College of Science and Mathematics in April, 2013
  3. Awarded Research Scholarship (Visiting Professor) from Dr. Bernhard Grimm’s Laboratory [Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany)] in summer from May till July, 2012.
  4. Awarded the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award to attend the national ASPB conference in 2012.This award is given to seven women Assistant Professors in their early career in USA. February, 24th, 2012. ($1000)
GRANTS (most recent at the top)

EXTERNAL:

  1. NSF-IOS-CAREER: Functional genomic characterization of two Chlamydomonas reinhardtii photosynthetic mutants. Submitted on July, 21st, 2014.(pending)
  2. NSF-MRI (as a Co-PI): MRI: Acquisition of a Time-Resolved Emission Spectrometer for Interdisciplinary Research and Undergraduate Training. Submitted in January 2014. (not awarded)
  3. NSF-IOS-CAREER (as a PI): Functional genomics of eukaryotic oxygenic photosynthesis under different light irradiances in the model green micro-alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Submitted on July, 22nd, 2013.  (not awarded)
  4.  Submitted NSF-RUI-IOS (Integrative Organismal System)preliminary proposal (as a PI) on 16th January, 2013. Title of the proposal: Employing functional genomics to study chlorophyll biosynthesis and photosynthesis in the model green micro-alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.(not invited for a full proposal submission) 
  5. Submitted a NSF-IOS-Research Opportunity Award (ROA) application titled “ The role of carbonic anhydrase in photosynthesis in Arabidopsis”. This application was officially submitted by my Ph.D. mentor Dr. James Moroney (LSU) on 21st December, 2012. N (not awarded). This application was officially submitted by my Ph.D. mentor Dr. James Moroney (LSU) on 21st  December, 2012. (not awarded).
  6. NSF-RUI-IOS preliminary proposal submitted on 11th January, 2012. Title of the proposal: Characterization of a heme deficient Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant that shows a light intensity dependent chlorophyll deficiency.(not invited for a full proposal submission).

INTERNAL:

  1. Awarded Faculty Research Grant by the UWG College of Science and Mathematics in October, 2014 ($1250).
  2. Awarded Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Fall funds to hire six undergraduates; 2014; $12000
  3. Awarded Uwise research grant to hire two undergraduates and purchase lab supplies $5000
  4. Awarded LSAMP summer research funds; summer, 2014; $3000.
  5. Awarded Student Research Assistance grant by UWG Student Research Assistant program for the project “Molecular characterization of two Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (a model green micro-alga) mutants defective in photosynthesis”; April, 2014; $1800.
  6. LSAMP research funds to pay three undergraduate research students in spring 2014 ($6000).
  7. Submitted President’s Development Grant proposal, fall 2013 (not awarded)
  8. Awarded UWG Uwise Grant ($4800) for research supplies and mentoring research undergraduates, October 17th, 2013.
  9. Awarded Faculty Research Grant by the UWG College of Science and Mathematics in May, 2013 ($1250).
  10. Awarded Student Research Assistance grant by UWG Student Research Assistant program for the project “Characterization of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (a model green micro-alga) mutants defective in photosynthetic pigment biosynthesis and photosynthesis under different irradiance conditions”; April, 2013; $2000.
  11. Awarded the Internal Development grant by UWG office of Research and Sponsored project in January 2013 for the project: “Employing functional genomics to study chlorophyll biosynthesis and photo-acclimation of photosynthesis in the green micro-alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii” ($8,207).
  12. Awarded UWG Uwise Grant ($6700) for research supplies and mentoring research undergraduates, November 30th, 2012.
  13.  Awarded Student Research Assistance grant by UWG Student Research Assistant program for the project “Functional genomics of eukaryotic oxygenic photosynthesis in the model unicellular green micro-alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii”; July 2012; $2000.
  14. Awarded Faculty Research Grant by the UWG College of Science and Mathematics in April, 2012 ($1500).
  15. Awarded UWG Uwise Grant ($600) for research supplies and mentoring research undergraduates, January 13th, 2012. Title of proposal: Employing functional genomics to identify novel genes that play a role in photo-protective mechanisms under high light stress in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
  16. Awarded COSM Research Incentive award by the College of Science and Mathematics at UWG, January, 2012-2013, $3000.
  17. Awarded Student Research Assistance grant by UWG Student Research Assistant program for the project “Functional genomics of eukaryotic oxygenic photosynthesis in the model unicellular green micro-alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii”; July 2011; $2000.
  18. Awarded UWG Learning Resources Committee (LRC)-Faculty Resource Grant (FRG) for 2011-2012 for the project titled, “Employing functional genomics to study oxygenic photosynthesis in the unicellular eukaryotic model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii”; $2000.
  19. Awarded COSM Research Incentive award by the College of Science and Mathematics at UWG, April 2011-2012, $3000.
  20. Awarded Summer Seed Grant for scholarship, research and creative activity award by the UWG Office of Academic Affairs, March, 2011 for the project titled, “Employing functional genomics to study oxygenic photosynthesis in the unicellular eukaryotic model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii”; $10,778.
  21. Awarded Student Research assistance grant by UWG Student Research Assistant program for the project “The study of Irradiance based acclimation and photosynthesis in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using molecular biological tools”; June 2010; $2000.
  22. Awarded Research Grant by the Sponsored Operations for Faculty research (SOFREA) program at University of West Georgia for the project titled “The study of Irradiance based acclimation and photosynthesis in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using molecular biological tools”; January 2010; $2,500.
  23. Awarded College of Arts and Science Faculty research grant by the University of West Georgia ($500) for the project titled “The study of Irradiance based Acclimation and photosynthesis in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using molecular biological tools”; January 2010; $500.

PARTICIPATION IN OTHER EDUCATIONAL GRANTS:

1. Mentor in the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program that is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study. 2014-2015.

2. Participation in the UWise program which is a Georgia Board of Regents initiative to increase the number of STEM majors, particularly teachers in Georgia. In this program, a senior undergrad student (Bio major) in my lab has been teamed up with a Fresh man (Bio major) to conduct research.