Travel Award Winners


Spring 2021

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, awards were given to cover the cost of registration fees for virtual meetings.

  • Dr. Jinyi Chen: Indaziflam resistance in Poa annua L.
  • Dr. Hisham Jashami: Examining Impacts of COVID-19 Related Stay-at-Home Orders through a Two-way Random Effects Model
  • Dr. Jenna Lee: Divergent Effects of Orexin and Melanin Concentrating Hormone Optogenetic Stimulation on Cue Potentiated Feeding
  • Dr. Md Nafiujjaman: Biodegradable Hollow Manganese Silicate Nanocomposites to Alleviate Tumor Hypoxia toward Enhanced Photodynamic Therapy
  • Dr. Juli Uhl: Revealing Student Thinking About Molecular Processes in Information Flow and Transfer in Biology
  • Dr. Kristyn VanDahm: Prenatal Intimate Partner Violence & Early Infant Difficult Temperament: The Moderating Role of Breastfeeding
  • Dr. Hao Yu: Improving species distribution model predictive accuracy using weighted boosted regression trees

Fall 2020


Spring 2019

(Timing of awards was restructured so that winners can be notified in advance on their travel (i.e., awards were given in Fall 2018 to fund travel in Spring 2019)).


Spring 2015

Fall 2014

  • Ugo Bussy: A quantitative assay for reductive metabolism of a pesticide in fish using electrochemistry coupled with tandem mass spectrometry
  • Ehsan R Toosi: Linking Intra-aggregate Pore Size Distribution with Soil Organic Matter Stability, Evidence From quantitative FTIR and Computed X-ray Tomography


Spring 2014

  • Qing Li: Labor Complications, Birth Depression, and Signs of Possible Neonatal Encephalopathy in the Asphyxial Pathway to Cerebral Palsy among Term Births: An application of G-Estimation in A Matched Case control Study

May 2014 (mini travel award)

  • Mar Huertas: Evidence for a lack of high affinity steroid binding protein in the sea lamprey
  • Pejman Ahmadiannamini: Polymer mesocomposites: Ultrfiltration membrane materials with enhanced permeability, selectivity and fouling resistance
  • Omayma Alshaarawy: Diabetes Mellitus Outcomes: Is Cannabis Smoking Proctective?

Fall 2013

  • Aditi Gupta: Ultra-deep whole genome sequencing of HIV populations reveal the viral population structure and the extent of HIV genomic diversity


Fall 2012

  • Robert Montgomery: Where wolves kill moose: the influence of prey life history and habitat heterogeneity on spatial patterns of predation
  • Tongjun Liu: Alkaline pre-extraction with AHP post-treatment of corn stover to enhance the digestibility, fermentability, and process economics


Spring 2012

(We had some extra funds this round therefore four awards were given)

  • Sabrina Jorge-Gonzalez: Identification of a negative regulator of seed carotenoid by quantitative trait loci a genome wide association

Fall 2011

  • Diana Karime Londono: Exploring genes involved in the insecticide resistance of the Colorado potato beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
  • Xiaofeng Zhuang: Evaluating gene expression of the pea-Sclerotinia sclerotiorum interaction using RNA-seq

Note: Prior to the establishment of the MSU-OPA, travel awards were overseen by the MSU-PDA with support from The Graduate School.