Microbiology Junior earns Fellowship and Conference Award

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Francesca Sanchez, Washington Univ. Fellowship and Conference Award

December 01, 2016

${image-alt} Junior Francesca Sanchez, Chancellor’s Scholar majoring in Microbiology with a double minor in Chemistry and Art

Dean Laurie Achenbach would like to recognize Francesca Sanchez, a Junior and Chancellor’s Scholar majoring in Microbiology with a double minor in Chemistry and Art.  Ms. Sanchez has been working in our Dr. Vjollca Konjufca’s lab for the last three years and had a fellowship this summer at Washington University through the Opportunities in Genomics Research.  As a fellow with W.U.’s Dr. Kerry Kornfeld, Department of Developmental Biology, School of Medicine, she had the opportunity to research C. elegans, an organism well suited for investigating aging. Ms. Sanchez entitled her research project "Systematic analysis of individual worm parameter to model population dynamics in Caenorhabditiselegans."

Ms. Sanchez wrote:

...At the end of the fellowship, I did an oral presentation at the School of Medicine at Washu, and when I came back to Carbondale, I applied to the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, and submitted my abstract for the research that I did at W.U.  I was very happy when I found out that I was accepted. I was also granted a Partial Travel Award for the trip. The conference took place from November 9 – November 12, and was in Tampa, FL. Over 4,000 people attended this conference, and there were over 1,800 oral and poster presentations. Over 350 colleges were represented by faculty and students at this event. I was selected to do a poster presentation, and at the end of the conference, an awards ceremony took place to award the undergraduate students that received the highest scores in both oral and poster presentations. Around 250 awards were given at the ceremony, and I was lucky enough to receive a Presentation Award. I was given a certificate and a $250 prize. The announcer stated my class, my name, and the institution where I hail from (this was my favorite part!). I was so proud and excited to represent SIUC at such a large conference! 

Thank you so much for taking interest in my accomplishment. I was so excited to tell all my mentors about my experience, since they all have helped me so much. I am so proud to be a student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Sincerely, 
Francesca Sanchez

It's an honor for us to see our students work hard and be rewarded for their efforts.  We’re not surprised Francesca was recognized at the conference and we are equally sure this is but the first of many accomplishments in her future.  Well done, Francesca Sanchez!