WIU Biology Students Present at National Meeting
August 22, 2013
MACOMB, IL – Four Western Illinois University biology students recently presented their research findings at the 2013 joint meeting of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and Mycological Society of America (MSA) in Austin, TX.
The three graduate students and one undergraduate student presented posters at the meeting. The students and their research include:
• Katrina Sandona, graduate student in biology, of Plainfield, IL. Sandona's project, titled, "Fungi in a Drought: The Diversity of Thermophilic Fungi in Corn," was supported by the Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund.
• Terri Tobias, graduate student in biology, of Augusta, IL. Tobias' research, titled "Seed Endophytes Associated with Dominant Plants in the Alpine Tundra in Colorado," was supported by the Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund.
• Jason Tuter, a graduate student in biology, of Mendon, IL. Tuter's project, titled "Friend or Foe: Defense Response and Growth Regulation of Zea Mays in Response to Phialocephala Fortinii," was supported by the Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund.
• Shiloh Lueschow, a senior biology and psychology major, of Elmwood, IL. Lueschow's research, titled "Development of a Protocol to Optimize the Isolation of Geomyces from Soil Samples," was honored with the College of Arts and Sciences' (CAS) Norman and Carmelita Teeter Undergraduate Research Award, a grant from WIU's Honors College and two CAS Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity grants.
Student research at Western is also supported by grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.