New Biodesign Travel Grants send students to Japan, Chicago, Palm Springs

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March 21, 2018

  • Stephan Baehr with the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution is one of five recipients of the Biodesign Student Travel Grant.


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  • Timothy Licknack with the Biodesign Center for Mechanisms of Evolution is one of five recipients of the Biodesign Student Travel Grant.


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  • Srivatsan Mohana Rangan with the Swette Biodesign Center for Environmental Biotechnology is one of five recipients of the Biodesign Student Travel Grant.


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  • Anasuya Pal with the Biodesign Center for Personalized Diagnostics is one of five recipients of the Biodesign Student Travel Grant.


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  • Miranda Yousif with the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy is one of five recipients of the Biodesign Student Travel Grant. 


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March 21, 2018

Five students affiliated with Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute are the first recipients of the new Biodesign Student Travel Grant.

The funding for this program was received from ASU Sun Devil Giving Day, a university-wide event in which Sun Devils from campus and all over the world are invited to show support for the university by engaging in online giving. Supporting students as they travel to career-building conferences is just one way to participate in 2018’s Sun Devil Giving Day on March 22

 

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The travel grants provide students with the opportunity to travel to conferences for academic and professional development. This year’s recipients are Stephan Baehr, Timothy Licknack, Srivatsan Mohana Rangan, Anasuya Pal and Miranda Yousif.

Yousif is pursuing two bachelor’s degrees in microbiology and neuroscience, and she plans to matriculate into a dual-degree M.D./Ph.D. program to study infectious diseases. She applied for the Biodesign Student Travel Grant to attend the American Society for Microbiology Annual Branch Meeting.

Presenting at the ASM Meeting is a chance to contribute to and take away from the community of scholars that I would never be exposed to without attending,” Yousif said. “The grant will give me the potential to demonstrate my commitment to my academic program and my passion for research at a conference of the field that is of particular importance to me.”

Baehr and Licknack will attend the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution conference in Yokohama, Japan; Pal will attend the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in Chicago; and Rangan will attend the Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds in Palm Springs, California.

“It’s really exciting to support young scientists as they grow and present their significant findings to others in the field at major conferences,” said Stephen Munk, deputy director of the Biodesign Institute.

This year, the Biodesign Institute offered several new ways to direct Sun Devil Giving Day contributions. Donors can give to the Travel Grant Fund, a specific Biodesign research center, the Biodesign Institute’s general fund. Gifts can also be made in honor or in memory of a friend, family member or colleague.

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