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Entomological Society of America names winners of 2013 student travel grants
Date:9/11/2013

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Entomology Student Travel Grants. These travel grants, which will help entomology students attend Entomology 2013 ESA's Annual Meeting in Austin this November are funded by USDA-NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program on Plant-Associated Insects and Nematodes. The grants were created to provide financial support to graduate students for new networking, presentation, and research opportunities.

The following entomology students were selected to receive travel grants for Entomology 2013:

LAURA L. INGWELL is an entomology PhD candidate at the University of Idaho. Her doctoral research examines host plant-virus-vector interactions in the barley yellow dwarf virus-Rhopalosiphum padi pathosystem. Working under the mentorship of Nilsa A. Bosque-Prez, she recently reported for the first time that acquisition of a plant virus by a vector directly influences the behavior of an insect vector, as highlighted in their recent paper in Scientific Reports. Laura graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry in 2006. Prior to graduate school, she studied liana dynamics in tropical forests in Costa Rica and Panama with Stefan A. Schnitzer. She received her MS from the University of Rhode Island under the guidance of Evan L. Preisser in 2009, conducting research on resistance in eastern hemlock to the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. Her doctoral research is examining the behavioral responses of virus vectors to virus infection of host plants. She has also examined the prevalence of barley yellow dwarf virus in nonmanaged ecosystems, including the endangered Palouse Prairie in Idaho and Washington, and the susceptibility of native and introduced grasses to the virus. More broadly, her research interests are rooted in community dynamics and trophic interactions, plant-insect interactions, ins
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Contact: Richard Levine
rlevine@entsoc.org
301-731-4535
Entomological Society of America
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