2017-2018 Undergraduate Student Research Grant Awards:

Nathan Marshall, SUNY Buffalo for Patterns of change in biomarker signatures support a linkage between graptolite and phytoplankton community changes. Award: $450 ($300 from RAS, $50 from Life Sciences, $100 from donors). Sponsor: Charles Mitchell & Elizabeth Thomas.

Abigail Robinson, Canisius College for Behavioral Differences Exhibited in Zoo-housed Social and Solitary Felids. Award: $200. Sponsor: Susan Margulis.

Magdy Gad, Hobart & William Smith Colleges for Remote sensing: detection of blue green algae using drones outfitted with spectrometers. Award: $200 ($100 from RAS, $100 from Life Sciences). Sponsor: Ileana Dumitriu.

Lillian Denecke, SUNY Brockport for Sensitivity of native versus invasive zooplankton species to agrochemicals: an eco-evolutionary approach. Award: $250. Sponsor: Michael Chislock.

Kaleigh Block, Niagara University for Characterization of the Photoautotrophic Microbial Communities and Their Activities Within the Chemocline of Fayetteville Green Lake. Award: $300 ($250 from RAS, $50 from Life Sciences. Sponsor: William J. Edwards.

Olivia Gomez, Cornell University for Finding the cause of 'Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus' acquisition and transmission: comparing Wolbachia repressor gene sequence and gene expression in different Diaphoina citri populations. Award: $250 ($200 from RAS, $50 from Life Sciences). Sponsor: Michelle L. Heck.

Nathan Johnson, Rochester Institute of Technology for Stereoselective cyclopropanation of aryldiazoacetates with chiral silver N-heterocyclic carbene complexes. Award: $491.10 plus $50 to the student as this was the best proposal. Sponsor: Michael Coleman.