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

uestrian properties in Florida. Erika was awarded the best MS Thesis and Outstanding MS Student Scholarship in the University of Florida Department of Entomology and Nematology for her pioneering work with filth fly management on small equine farms in Florida. With the support of Dr. Norm Leppla and Dr. Chris Geden, she is continuing her work by focusing on the olfactory stimuli associated with host location by pteromalid pupal parasitoids of filth flies. Erika has received seven research grants for her work and has received three first-place honors for paper and poster presentations from the Florida Entomological Society and the Southeastern Branch of ESA. She has published 13 papers in refereed scientific journals and extension. Erika is an also an active member of ESA, serving as a Co-Chair of the Student Affairs Committee for the Southeastern Branch. She is also the Supervisory TA for six sections of the Principles of Entomology Laboratory offered through the University of Florida.

JEFF GRABOWSKI is a PhD candidate at Purdue University working with the vector biology and structural biology programs of Drs. Catherine Hill and Richard Kuhn. Jeff's PhD research focuses on tick-flavivirus interactions and is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (ICTSI) Predoctoral Training Grant, and an ICTSI Core Pilot Grant. His interdisciplinary research utilizes the genome sequence of the Lyme disease tick, Ixodes scapularis, and the use of a model tick-borne flavivirus. Potential application of this research includes the development of new approaches for the control of arachnids and tick-borne flaviviruses. Jeff joined the Purdue University Interdiscplinary Life Science PhD program in 2009 after receiving his BS in biology with a minor in chemistry at Manchester University. He first became interested in vector biology as an undergraduate when he undertook an NSF Researc
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