GSA selects five early career researchers as recipients of fall 2013 DeLill Nasser Award

5 early career researchers receive travel grants to attend conferences

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce the selection of five early career researchers - one graduate student and four postdoctoral researchers - as recipients of a fall 2013 DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics. The award is a $1,000 travel grant for each researcher to attend any national or international meeting, conference or laboratory course that will enhance his or her career.

"The DeLill Nasser Award is one of GSA's most inspiring programs because it enables the Society to play a direct role in supporting the professional development of our student and postdoc members," said Adam Fagen, PhD, Executive Director of GSA. "It is clear that the future of genetics is bright, with researchers like these awardees leading the way."

The DeLill Nasser Award was established by GSA in 2001 to honor its namesake, DeLill Nasser (1929-2000), a long-time GSA member who provided critical support to many early career researchers during her 22 years as program director in eukaryotic genetics at the National Science Foundation. Since the formation of this award, nearly 100 graduate students and postdocs have received funding for travel to further their career goals and enhance their education. The program is supported by GSA, and with charitable donations from members of the genetics community.

The five recipients of the fall 2013 DeLill Nasser Awards, their institutions and the conference or course each intends to attend are listed below.

Brian J. Arnold
Graduate Student, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics,
July 14-19, 2013, Biddeford, ME

Sara Beese-Sims, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Epigenetics: Mechanisms and Implications,
August 4-9, 2013, Smithfield, RI

Kingsley Boateng, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
FASEB Science Research Conference on Genetic Recombination and Genome Rearrangement,
July 21-26, 2013, Steamboat Springs, CO

Kerry Geiler-Samerotte, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, New York University, New York, NY
Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics,
July 14-19, 2013, Biddeford, ME

Aleeza Gerstein, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Molecular Mycology: Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis,
July 31-August 16, 2013, Woods Hole, MA

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