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2009 ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award announcement
Date:4/15/2009

otein that are critical for its interaction, and show whether the aforementioned interaction is responsible for SAUR19's functionality.

Eric Johnson, University of Massachusetts Amherst Mentor: Alice Cheung
Probing Intracellular Hydrogen Peroxide Condition in Wild type and Mutants Defective in Stress-signaling

I hope to finish up my current research by the end of my senior year. This will help to characterize the pathways in plants that utilize or react to reactive oxygen species. My longer term goal is to pursue an MD/PhD.

David Lee, University of California Berkeley Mentor: Sheila McCormick
Functional analysis of two Arabidopsis AGC kinases during polarized growth of pollen tubes

Working with Professor Sheila McCormick and Postdoctoral fellow Yan Zhang on the polarized growth of pollen tubes in Arabidopsis, has taught me the dedication necessary to continue in research. This project continues to explore an aspect of the AGC kinase family. By working with such great people, I have gained a solidified interest in plant biology.

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David Valenta, Frostburg State University Mentor: David Puthoff
The Transformation of Micro-Tom Tomatoes with Hessian Fly Responsive Genes

Through my application for the SURF grant, I learned a lot about grant writing and the many elements of writing a research proposal. Although I did not receive the award, I plan to finish my research project, which involves transforming tomato plants with genes from wheat, with the expectation that they will confer resistance to whiteflies. I hope to continue my research experience in dental school. I want to thank Dr. David Puthoff for all his hard work on the project as well as the rest of the excellent faculty from the Frostburg State Biology Department.


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