• Student Research Awards/Fellowships/Achievements
    1.  American Society of Plant Biologists Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASPB-SURF) to Kenneth Kim in April 2017.
    2. Identification and Molecular Characterization of a High Light-Sensitive Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant, 10E35. Kevin Nguyen, Betkens Senesca, Joel III Page, Paula Martinez-Feduchi, Kasey Swilley, Katherine Smith, Tai Truong, Phillip Grovenstein, and Mautusi Mitra. NSF-funded GA-AL-LSAMP Symposium, April 16th, 2016 (poster, third place award winner in the poster presentation competition).
    3. Identification and Molecular Characterization of a High Light-Sensitive Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant, 10E35. Kasey Swilley, Paula Martinez-Feduchi, Kevin Nguyen, Katherine Smith, Tai Truong, Betkens Senesca, Phillip Grovenstein, and Mautusi Mitra. UWG COSM Research Day, March 24th, 2016 (Oral presentation, won the second place in the COSM research oral presentation competition).
    4. Functional Genomic Characterization of a light sensitive Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutant defective in photosynthesis. Katherine Smith, Tai Truong, Tashana Haye, Precious Ajala, Zachary Nofs, Ewan Petersen, Rigoberto Segovia, Phillip Grovenstein, Bernhard Grimm and Mautusi Mitra, NSF-funded GA-AL-LSAMP Symposium, April 11th, 2015 (oral presentation, second place award winner in the oral presentation competition).
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
    11. 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.
    12. LSU-HHMI summer research fellowship to Surangi Perera (May-July 2010)
  • PI's Awards/Scholarship (most recent at the top)
    1. American Society of Plant Biologists Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASPB-SURF) which provided research fund to the supervising mentor in April 2017.
    2. Awarded “The Above and Beyond Award” in 2016 by the UWG Risk Management Environmental Health and Safety.
    3. Awarded College of Science & Mathematics Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to student success, in April, 2014.
    4. Awarded Excellence in Research award by the College of Science and Mathematics in April, 2013
    5. Awarded Research Scholarship (Visiting Professor) from Dr. Bernhard Grimm’s Laboratory [Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany)] in summer from May till July, 2012 (2500 euros).
    6. 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)
  • External Grants:
    1. Plant-BLOOME grant from the American Society of Plant Biologists in 2018 ( $35,919).
    2. Submitted a NSF-RUI-IOS preliminary proposal (as a PI) on 18th January, 2017. Title of the proposal: Molecular Characterization of two high light-sensitive Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutants, defective in a novel functionally uncharacterized gene (not invited).
    3. NSF-IOS-CAREER: Functional genomic characterization of two Chlamydomonas reinhardtii photosynthetic mutants. Submitted on July, 21st, 2014.(not awarded)
    4. 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)
    5. 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)
    6. 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)
    7. 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).
    8. 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).
    9. Travel Award from the Gordon Research Conference organizers to attend the Gordon Research Conference, Photosynthesis. July, 2006.
    10. Travel Award by the Graduate School and the Department of Biological Sciences of the Louisiana State University to attend the Annual Meeting of American Society of Plant Biologists. July, 2003.
    11. Research award by the Biology Graduate Student Association at Louisiana State University. April 2003.
    12. Travel Award by the Biology Graduate Student Association at Louisiana State University to attend the Annual Meeting of American Society of Plant Biologists. July, 2003.
    13. Travel Award by the Graduate School of the Louisiana State University to attend the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists. March, 2003.
    14. Travel Award by the Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University to attend the Annual Meeting of the Southern Section of the American society of Plant Physiologists. March, 2003.
    15. Junior Research Fellowship Award in Life Science by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi (India) in 1995.
  • Internal Grants:
    1. Biochemical and Molecular characterization of three novel strains of bacteria isolated from acetate-containing growth media plates of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (a green micro-alga) May 2019 ($1570).
    2. LSAMP research fund to hire minority undergraduate research students in fall 2018; $1000.
    3. SRAP research supply fund May 2018 ($604.56)
    4. Awarded ASPB- Plant BLOOME grant ($35,919) May 2018
    5.  Awarded SRAP grant ($1,450), May 2018 
    6. Awarded COSM-FRG research grant ($1900) in April 2018
    7. Awarded ORSP-FRG Travel grant ($2,763) in April, 2018 to present at the ASPB meeting in Montreal, Canada in 2018.
    8. Awarded SEEP research grant to hire undergraduate research students and to purchase lab supplies September 2017, $1,700
    9. Awarded Uwise grant to hire undergraduate research students August 2017, ($8000)
    10. Awarded COSM-FRG grant ($1500) in May 2017 for research support.
    11. SEEP Research Award to hire undergraduate research students and to purchase lab supplies September 2016, $1700.
    12. LSAMP research fund to hire minority undergraduate research students in spring 2016; $4000.
    13. Awarded Student Research Assistance grant by UWG Student Research Assistant program for the project “Identification and Molecular Characterization of Three High Light Sensitive Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (a green micro-alga) Mutants Defective in Photosynthesis, May, 2016; $1475.
    14. Awarded $3314 2016 UWG FRG grant.
    15. Awarded $536.80 from the Biology Department in March 2016 fund to purchase lab supplies..
    16. Awarded $215 by the Biology Department for research in 2016.
    17. Awarded $306 dollars by the LSAMP program for research
    18. Awarded $ 524 from the Academic Affairs fund for research in 2015.
    19. Awarded COSM-FRG grant ($1100) in fall 2015 for research support.
    20. Awarded GA-AL- LSAMP fund ($6000) to hire minority undergraduate research students
    21. Awarded Uwise Grant ($5000) fall 2015 to pay for research student salaries and lab supplies.
    22. Awarded FRG from the ORSP, UWG, May 2015, $500
    23. Awarded funds for research support from the COSM, UWG, May 2015, $500
    24. GA-AL-LSAMP summer 2015 research support $500
    25. UWG Biology Department summer 2015 research support, $500
    26. Awarded Faculty Research Grant by the UWG College of Science and Mathematics in October, 2014 ($1250).
    27. Awarded Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Fall funds to hire six undergraduates; 2014; $12000
    28. Awarded Uwise research grant to hire two undergraduates and purchase lab supplies fall 2014, $5000
    29. Awarded LSAMP summer research funds; summer, 2014; $3000.
    30. 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.
    31. LSAMP research funds to pay three undergraduate research students in spring 2014 ($6000).
    32. Submitted President’s Development Grant proposal, fall 2013 (not awarded)
    33. Awarded UWG Uwise Grant ($4800) for research supplies and mentoring research undergraduates, October 17th, 2013.
    34. Awarded Faculty Research Grant by the UWG College of Science and Mathematics in May, 2013 ($1250).
    35. 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.
    36. 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).
    37. Awarded UWG Uwise Grant ($6700) for research supplies and mentoring research undergraduates, November 30th, 2012.
    38. 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.
    39. Awarded Faculty Research Grant by the UWG College of Science and Mathematics in April, 2012 ($1500).
    40. 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.
    41. Awarded COSM Research Incentive award by the College of Science and Mathematics at UWG, January, 2012-2013, $3000.
    42. 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.
    43. 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.
    44. Awarded COSM Research Incentive award by the College of Science and Mathematics at UWG, April 2011-2012, $3000.
    45. 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.
    46. 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.
    47. 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.
    48. 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. American Society of Plant Biologists' funded Plant-BLOOME project in 2019 that involves ten schools in Georgia and three Universities : UWG, Oglethorpe University and Georgia state university (Perimenter College). 
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. Being a mentor to SRAP, Advanced Academy and Honor College research students.