News & Announcements

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Carlisle Bascom
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
11:00 AM
French Hall, Room 209
Thesis Title: The Interplay Between Polarity Regulators, Calcium, and the Actin Cytoskeleton During Tip Growth
Thesis Advisor: Dong Wang

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Gregory DeIulio
Monday, June 4, 2018
10:00 AM
LSL, Room 410
Thesis Title: Genomics and Plant Disease: a Study of Fusarium oxysporum Kinases and Downy Mildew Resistance in Basil 
Thesis Advisor: Li-Jun Ma

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Huiyuan Guo
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
2:00 PM
Paige Lab, Room 202
Thesis Title: Silver nanoparticles in environmental and biological systems: source, transformation, and detection
Thesis Advisor:  Baoshan Xing

We are pleased to announce the following PB PhD thesis defense

Ian Gillis
Wednesday,  May 16, 2018
10:00 AM
LSL, Room S330
Thesis Title: Variation and Evolution of Fruit Ripening Traits in Tomato Species
Thesis Advisor: Ana Caicedo

Kelly Allen Awarded 2018 Summer Gilgut Fellowship

Kelly Allen

The Plant Biology Scholarship Committee is also pleased to announce Kelly Allen, an incoming PhD student of Plant Biology, was chosen for the Summer Gilgut Graduate Research Fellowship. Thank you to all who applied, the committee reported all the applications were outstanding!

Congratulations to the 2018 Plant Biology Ray E. Torrey Scholarship Awardees:
Kara McNamara and Akaansha Rampal

The Plant Biology Scholarship Committee, a sub-Committee of the GOC, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Ray Ethan Torrey Scholarship.

They are:

Kara McNamara, major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Akaansha Rampal, a rising senior major in Biology.

This year the applications for the Ray E. Torrey Scholarship were outstanding and the committee was impressed by all the applications.  Thank you to all who applied.

Patricia Wadsworth, incoming Director of the Interdepartmental Graduate Programs (IDGP), Awarded the 2018 CNS Outstanding Service/Engagement Award

Patricia (Pat) Wadsworth, Professor and Associate Chair of Biology, who will become the Director of IDGP in June 2018, has been awarded the 2018 CNS Outstanding Service/Engagement Award. CNS Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize excellence and honor faculty and staff members and students who have made important contributions to their discipline, department, college, and university. Recipients are presented with their awards at a special ceremony in the spring. Read More

Arabidopsis Flower Image by Ahmet Bakirbas Selected for Research Art-Science Exhibition (RASE)

Ahmet Bakirbas

An Arabidopsis flower image taken by Plant Biology Ph.D. Graduate Student Ahmet Bakirbas was selected to be exhibited at the W.E.B. DuBois and CNS Research Art-Science Exhibition (RASE).  The exhibition was designed to  emphasize the relationship between art and science. To capture the Arabidopsis flower image, Ahmet used a Nikon SMZ18 Stereomicroscope in IALS' Light Microscopy Core Facility at UMass Amherst.  Mounted images from the exhibition will be displayed in various locations around campus over the course of a year. Read More

UMassGives: Fundraiser to Support The Ray Ethan Torrey Botanical Greenhouses

UMass Amherst Greenhouse

UMassGives is a campaign to raise money for targeted efforts on campus that lasts two days - April 26th and 27th. We're soliciting donations to support the The Ray Ethan Torrey Botanical Greenhouse, located at the south end of the Morrill science complex, which houses a fantastic collection of living plants.  This collection has been assembled with an eye to representing plant diversity - in terms of morphology, phylogeny, and ecology. This focus on basic science and plant systematics helps set it apart. We have a really special collection of plants, including many botanical curiosities that most students would never have the opportunity to learn about if it weren't for this collection. With your support, we'll be able to build exhibits that highlight some of this diversity, like a 'walk through time' in one of the houses. Read More/Make a Donation


Upcoming OPD Workshop: Strategies and Tools to Secure External Funding 

Goodell Building

Wednesday, May 16th - 2:30-3:30pm
LSL N610

Searching for Funding: Interdisciplinary Graduate Programsd in Life Sciences (IDGP)

Would you like to have external funding to support your research, and bolster your CV? Get started by learning about basic tools available to UMass graduate students and postdocs to help find grants and fellowships. Dr. Heidi Bauer Clapp, Assistant Director for Grants & Fellowships in the Graduate School Office of Professional Development, will present an external funding workshop to IDGP Students, Post-Docs, and Faculty We’ll discuss common funding sources for students in the life sciences, how to search for funding as an international student, and strategize how to align funding applications with your graduate career.