Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 GENE Fellows Program:
These students were selected by the GENE Awards Committee from a pool of very competitive applicants.

The 2018 Genetics Fellow Program application is now open!

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The scholarship will cover the 2018 summer stipend and tuition for Genetics students who have successfully passed their preliminary exam and are making good progress toward the PhD degree. We anticipate awarding at least two Scholarships for this summer. The application has the following components:

1. Students must submit a detailed CV and provide the information requested in the attached application.

2. PI’s musts submit a letter of support for students that contains:A brief description of

  • the major accomplishments of student
  • Student publications to date and anticipated publications prior to student graduation
  • Anticipated student graduation date
  • Financial need for student support

Deadline for applications is May 17. All materials should be submitted to Ms. Tamara Torres ( with TAMU GENETICS FELLOW PROGRAM APPLICATION in the subject line.

Awardees will be notified before June 1.

The GGSA Travel Awards Application is now officially open! The last day to submit applications is on March 30, 2018 11:59 PM CST. Late applications will not be accepted.
Send your applications to me at my email: and have the subject line read: GGSA Travel Award Application Submission.
As a reminder, you can apply for conferences that you traveled to/will travel to between August 31, 2017 and August 31, 2018. Please read the attached application form for other requirements.
Don’t forget to submit all parts of your application by March 30!

2018 Genetics Recruitment Symposium

20 Feb

February 2nd, 2018 the Genetics Program hosted 11 potential students at the Genetics Recruitment Symposium.

Many GGSA members participated in both poster presentations and oral platforms displaying the wide range of fields and projects the Genetics Program covers.

And the winners are:

Oral Platforms/Flash Talks
1st Place: Jessica Elswood ($500; left) – Powering Lactation: Where Mitophagy and Mitochondrial Dynamics Meet
2nd Place & People’s Choice Award: Samantha Iiams ($300 & $100; right) – RNA-seq in Seasonal Forms of Monarch Butterfly Reveals a Possible Role of the Vitamin A Pathway in Regulating Insect Photoperiodic Responses
3rd Place tie: Caitlin Curry ($100 each; center) – A Century of Conservation Genetics of African Lions (Panthera leo)
3rd Place tie: Carolina Mantilla-Rojas ($100 each; not pictured) – Progression of colorectal cancer through epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-independent mechanisms


Poster Presentations
1st Place: Heather Eggleston ($300; not pictured) – Identifying Heme Importers and Exporters through RNA Seq Analysis in Aedes aegypti
2nd Place: Rebecca Booth ($200; center) – How HOX Proteins Regulate DNA Binding
3rd Place: Diana Medina ($150; right) – Small Regulatory RNA (sRNA) in Borrelia burgdorferi is Required for Optimal Infectivity 
People Choice Award: Alexandra Trott ($100; left) – Molecular Characterization of the Effects of Shift Work and Food Consumption on Metabolic and Cardiovascular Functions in the Rat

Teaching Awards were also given out to two outstanding teaching assistants who taught the Genetics Laboratory course Fall 2017. Casy Pflug (right) won the Student’s Choice Teaching Award ($500) and the Award for Teaching Excellence ($500) went to Collin Osborne (left) for his exceptional work with his students. These two went above and beyond in teaching the Genetics course.

A special THANK YOU to Scott Pearson for running the poster and flash talk competition and Joseph Dubie for being our fearless leader during Recruitment.

Recruitment Symposium Call for Abstracts is NOW OPEN!
The deadline for abstracts is December 22nd, 2017 at 5pm. This should still be plenty of time to put together a 150-word abstract. The guidelines for submitting an abstract are outlined below. You can submit your abstract through google forms:
or, if that is not working, you can e-mail them to Joseph (
Your name
Abstract (maximum 150 words)
What’s your preference? Poster, talk or both?By participating, you enter yourself into the competition to win the following prizes!Oral Presentation:

1st Place:  $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place:  $200
People Choice Award:  $100
Poster Presentation:
1st Place:  $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place:  $150
People Choice Award:  $100
The winners of the Award of Teaching Excellence and Students’ Choice Teaching Award will also be announced and receive plaques. Also, by entering into the oral presentation (which has much better prizes!) you will no longer be competing for the poster presentation awards. However, we strongly encourage you all to participate in both, as the poster presentations give you an excellent chance to interact with the recruits and provide feedback on your opinions of them.