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.

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.

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference will be held Saturday, February 24th, and the Genetics has graciously agreed to cover registration fees again this year! 
This will be the 26th anniversary of TAMU WISE, and the conference will include a keynote speaker during lunch and three sessions with a choice of six speakers representing all areas of science discussing topics such as work-life balance, negotiation skills, and building relationships. For more information on the speakers please see the website:
This is a great event for networking and building your skills! Hope to see many of you there! Let me know if you have any questions.
To register, go to, then send the confirmation form that is emailed to you to Carol. The deadline for the registration is February 19th.