2023 Contests

GGA Graduate Student and Postdoc Travel Awards

The NC State’s Genetics and Genomics Academy (GGA) is pleased to announce the availability of travel funds to support NC State graduate students and postdoctoral fellows traveling to conferences, workshops, or collaborator institutions. GGA will provide a one-time reimbursement for up to $1000 to help defray the cost of attending conferences and other professional activities in the area of Genetics & Genomics to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research scholars being trained in GGA-affiliated labs. Up to 10 awards will be given out in 2023. The cost of transportation, housing, and conference registration fees are considered eligible travel expenses.

To apply, students and postdocs should complete this Google form, submit a short description of their travel plans (that will take place in the spring, summer and/or fall of 2023) and a justification of how this conference will benefit their career development and relates to the fields of Genetics and Genomics. Apply starting on January 20th , 2023. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis for as long as funds are available. Trainees receiving travels funds are asked to acknowledge the GGA in their presentations.

GGA Travel Funds for 2022 have been awarded! Below are the award recipients:

Modesta Abugu, Doctoral StudentPhillip Brown, Doctoral Student
Kara Carlson, Doctoral StudentCarly Catella, Doctoral Student
Leandra Caywood, Doctoral StudentHao Chen, Postdoc
Nicole Choquette, Doctoral StudentR. Chris Estridge, Doctoral Student
Mario Fenech Torres, PostdocKevin Lin, Doctoral Student
Morgan Maly, Doctoral StudentMarlonni Maurastoni Araujo, Postdoc
Megan Elizabeth Moore, PostdocLuis Rivera Burgos, Postdoc
Margot Ruffieux, Doctoral StudentEnrique Schwarzkopf Kratzer, Postdoc
Mark Simmers, Doctoral StudentPreethi Thunga, Doctoral Student
Chie Tamamoto-Mochizuki, PostdocJoseph Tolsma, Doctoral Student
Beatriz Tome Gouveia, PostdocAndrea Vu, Postdoc
Alison Waldman, Doctoral StudentKatherine Willman, Postdoc
GGA Graduate Student and Postdoc Travel Awards (Spring/Summer 2022)

GGA Summer 2023 Teamwork Mini-Grants

The NC State’s Genetics and Genomics Academy (GGA) is inviting undergraduate students interested in or currently involved in Genetics & Genomics-related research to apply for GGA Summer Teamwork Mini-Grants together with their prospective or actual mentors who are current NC State graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or research scholars.

GGA will provide one-time awards of up to $3000 to help support the needs of collaborative research projects lead by undergraduates working in GGA-affiliated laboratories on campus under the direct supervision of NC State postdoctoral fellows or graduate students. Each team of two applying for this competitive award can request up to $1000 in supplies, equipment or software needed for the project, in addition to a $1000 stipend for the student and $1000 for their mentor. Up to 10 mini-grants will be awarded in 2023.

To apply, students and their trainers should complete this Google form, submit a one-page description of their proposed research to be conducted in the summer of 2023 outlining the respective roles of both team members, and a short budget listing the specific needs of the project. A letter of support from a faculty research mentor should be included in the form as an attachment. The deadline to apply is March 1st, 2023, with the results announced by April 1st, 2023. The mini-grants can be received by undergraduates and their trainers on top of other forms of support (federal work-study, Provost’s professional experience program, REU, private scholarships, fellowships, grant funding, etc.). However, students and mentors are eligible for only one GGA award per year.

Undergraduate trainees receiving this award are invited to present a research poster about their project at the GGA annual retreat in August (the tentative day for this year’s retreat is August 25th, 2023).

GGA Mini-Grants for 2022 have been awarded! Below are the award recipients:

Skylar Ashforth, Junior (Mentor: Sydney Harned)Abhishek Singh, Sophomore (Mentor: Caroline McKinney-Aguirre)
Lindsey Wilson, Junior (Mentor: Elizabeth Moore)Jennifer O’Neil, Junior (Mentor: Chris Estridge)
Caroline Batten, Junior (Mentor: Chengsong Zhao)Paulina Bonilla, Senior (Mentor: Dr. Nathan Maren)
Alex Marchi, Sophomore (Mentor: Matthew Neubauer)Alayna Moore, Junior (Mentor: Aldo Carmona Baez)
Jonathan Zirkel, Junior (Mentor: Grant Billings)Rachael Bieler, Sophomore (Mentor: Dana Hodorovich)
Amanda Merkel, Sophomore (Mentor: Hao Chen)Andi Barker, Senior (Mentor: Kara Carlson)
Hannah Pil, Sophomore (Mentor: Nirwan Tandukar
GGA Summer 2023 Teamwork Mini-Grants

*NEW* GGA Educational Video Contest

The Genetics and Genomics Academy (GGA) at NC State University (NCSU) is excited to announce a new outreach initiative focused on producing short (2-5 min) educational videos that inform the general public about interesting developments, topics, trends, techniques, or approaches in the area of Genetics and Genomics. We invite high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students to work with NC K-12 science teachers to identify areas in the K-12 Biology curriculum that would benefit from educational videos being made on topics relevant to the fields of Genetics and Genomics. Joint student-teacher proposals are due by March 20th, 2023. NC State’s Genetics and Genomics experts (PhD-level scientists working as postdocs, staff, or faculty) will then review the proposals and select up to 10 student-teacher teams they wish to support by providing funding (up to $1000) and scientific guidance to help with developing the videos over the course of the summer of 2023. Teams will work over the summer of 2023 and submit their videos to GGA by August 14th, 2023. Educational video contest winners will be announced on August 21st, 2023 and awarded prizes.

GGA Paper of the Year

If your group has recently published an exciting research article (publication date of 2022-2023) in a peer-reviewed journal and the study includes genetics and/or genomics content, consider nominating the first author of your publication for the “GGA Paper of the Year” contest. Encourage the leading student/postdoc author to enter the competition by having them submit a brief explanation (150-200 words) of what their contribution to the study was and why they believe their paper is especially impactful, along with a pdf of the article, in July. Self-nominations from students and postdocs are welcome! All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The winner of the contest will be announced at the first fall-semester GGA seminar in August and invited to present a 10-min live talk about the findings of the paper at the GGA Annual Retreat on August 25, 2023.

Below are the 2022 winners:

WINNER: Fausto Rosriguez-Zapata and Allison C. BarnesGradute Student and Postdoc | Rellán Álvarez LabPaper Title: An adaptive teosinte mexicana introgression modulates phosphatidylcholine levels and is associated with maize flowering time
Read their paper here.
GGA Paper of the Year Winner – 2022

GGA Annual Retreat Research Poster Contest

Trainees are invited to present research posters at the GGA Annual Retreat on August 25, 2023. The best posters are typically chosen by retreat attendees, and the winners are awarded cash prizes from our corporate sponsors

Below are the 2022 winners:

Asa BudnickGraduate Student | Sederoff Lab
Nirwan TandukarGraduate Student | Rellán Álvarez Lab
Amarish YadavGraduate Student | Max Scott Lab
Sydney HarnedGraduate Student | Burford Reiskind Lab
GGA Annual Retreat Poster Contest – 2022

3-Minute In-Person Flash Talks

3-min in-person flash talks showcase graduate trainees’ genetics/genomics-related research and are typically presented at the GGA seminar series in August. This opportunity enables graduate trainees to hone their presentation skills and publicize their work in the GGA community. In 2022, 18 graduate trainees presented at the event, and voting took place at the conclusion of the talks. The winners were announced at the GGA Annual Retreat on August 25, 2023.

Below are the 2022 winners:

1ST PLACE WINNER: Mario Fenech TorresGraduate Student | Alonso – Stepanova LabTalk Title: Single-locus multi-hormone reporters for comprehensive plant phenotyping, aka the HORMOMETER
(TIE) 2ND PLACE WINNER: Andrea GómezGraduate Student | Huerta LabTalk Title: Rhs-toxin fishing in bacterial genomes (aka genome mining)
(TIE) 2ND PLACE WINNER: Isabella LivingstonGraduate Student | Breen LabTalk Title: Genetic tools aid in a comprehensive health analysis of a Galapagos pinniped
3RD PLACE WINNER: Yu-Hui WangGraduate Student | Lorenzen LabTalk Title: Go big beetles!
3-Minute In-Person Flash Talks Winners – Fall 2022