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The Western Illinois University Entomological Society of America crew.

Brittany Peterson receives Presidents’ Prize from Entomological Society of America

December 15, 2010

Brittany Peterson, a graduate student in the Biological Sciences Master’s Degree Program, received first place in the student competition for her section talk at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society. Over 3000 members attended this meeting. This President's Prize was for her presentation on "The Role of Whitefly Bacterial EndosymbiontGroEL Proteins in the Transmissibility of Squash Leaf Curl Virus". Co-authors on the presentation included Dr. Sue Hum-Musser, her advisor from WIU, Dr. Shai Morin from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Revhovot, Israel and Dr. Judith Brown, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

Two Biological Sciences faculty (Dr. Richard Musser and Dr. Sue Hum-Musser) took four Biological Sciences graduate students (Brittany Peterson, Andrian Tu, Wardo Boukari, Linus Gog) to the 2010 Entomological Society of America 58th annual meeting in San Diego, California. Travel to this meeting was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, College of Arts and Sciences, and Department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Richard Musser is not shown in the photo.

Brittany graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in the spring of 2008. She was the recipient of a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Award for her project titled “Response of Local Darter Species to Alarm Pheromones under Varying Water Quality Conditions”. She then entered the WIU Biological Sciences Master’s Degree Program in fall 2009. The College of Arts and Sciences is very proud of Brittany’s accomplishments and congratulates her and her co-authors on their fine work.

Posted By: Joshua Joseph, College of Arts and Sciences