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Entomological Society of America names winners of Monsanto student travel and research awards
Date:9/11/2013

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Monsanto Research Grant Awards and the 2013 Monsanto Student Travel Awards. The Research Grants will provide funds to outstanding ESA student members who are undertaking research projects. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, supplies, or travel to initiate, accelerate, augment, or expand a research project. The Travel Awards were created to promote interest in entomology at the graduate level and to stimulate interest in attending ESA's Annual Meeting.

The following entomology students are winners of the 2013 Monsanto Research Grant Awards:

CHELSEA WRIGHT obtained her BS in biology at Old Dominion University in 2010. While there she performed undergraduate research in Dr. Wayne Hynes' lab surveying the southeastern Virginia tick population for various tick-borne pathogens. She soon became fascinated by ticks and the pathogens they carry and joined the biomedical sciences PhD program, performing research in the labs of Dr. Wayne Hynes and Dr. Holly Gaff. Her dissertation research primarily focuses on the interaction between rickettsial organisms in hard (Ixodid) ticks in the United States, specifically the Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum, and the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum. Ms. Wright anticipates graduating in 2014 and has great interest in continuing her research in the field of vector-borne diseases.

MARA CRISTINA CARRASQUILLA was born and has lived most of her life in Bogot, Colombia. From a young age she was exposed to entomology as her mother has worked as a medical entomologist for several decades. Furthermore, growing up in Colombia, where vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, and American trypanosomiasis represent a public health problem, made her interest towards medical entomology grow even more. She received a BS degree in biology at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (
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Contact: Richard Levine
rlevine@entsoc.org
301-731-4535
Entomological Society of America
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