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  • IPFW Graduate Student Wins at National Conference
For Immediate Release
November 27, 2013

IPFW Graduate Student Wins at National Conference

Key Info

  • Chris Culkin, IPFW graduate student in biology, won first place at the Annual National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America
  • Winning poster is titled "Drought Stress in Soybean: Impacts on Soybean Aphid Populations and Soybean Mosaic Virus"
  • Culkin is mentored by Punya Nachappa, assistant professor of biology at IPFW

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Chris Culkin, a graduate biology student at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), won first place at the annual national meeting of the Entomological Society of America for his poster titled "Drought Stress in Soybean: Impacts on Soybean Aphid Populations And Soybean Mosaic Virus."

Culkin competed against other graduate students, as well as Ph.D students, all from top-tier universities around the country. Culkin currently works under the mentorship of Punya Nachappa, assistant professor of biology at IPFW, in her lab.

"We were so excited to hear that Chris won this award," said Nachappa. "It's very competitive with hundreds of M.S. and Ph.D students competing from all over the country. This award not only brings recognition to Chris, but also to the high-quality research being conducted at IPFW. I could not be more proud of him."

For more information contact Nachappa at 260-481-6320 or nachappa@ipfw.edu.

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