SS-ASPB 2013 Conference: Dr. Mautusi Mitra’s two undergraduate research students (Uwise and

Honors College students), Ms Kathryn Lankford and Mr. Darryel Wilson, presented their plant molecular biological research at the SS- American Society of Plant Biologists Conference in 2013. These two students were awarded the first prize (a plaque and $150 cash award) for the best undergraduate research poster by the American Society of Plant Biologists. This is a very prestigious award as they had to compete with research intensive universities in this competition.

Two University of West Georgia undergraduate researchers and Honors College students (also Uwise and LSAMP scholars), Tashana Haye and Theresa Fuller, were accepted for presentation at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC) from January 24-25 in Columbus, GA. GURC is a regional conference that allows undergraduate scholars and their faculty mentors from all disciplines and from institutions throughout the Southeast to present their work. Tashana and Theresa’s specific area of research was focused on employing functional genomics to study oxygenic photosynthesis and chlorophyll biosynthesis in the model green micro-alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. This research was mentored by Dr. Mautusi Mitra. Tashana received the best research oral presentation award (a certificate and $100 cash award) at GURC for her outstanding paper and presentation, titled: “Identification and Molecular Characterization of a Novel Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Mutant that Lacks Detectable Chlorophyll.”