Phragmites research data collection

Southern Door graduate Rebecca Malcore receives Sager Award for Scientific Writing

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Rebecca Malcore

Congratulations to Rebecca Malcore who has been presented the Paul and Thea Sager Award for Scientific Writing from the Cofrin Center of Biodiversity for the research poster, Chloroplast DNA Sequencing Reveals the Presence of Two Exotic Phragmites Haplotypes in Northeast Wisconsin.

Malcore, a Brussels, Wis. native, graduated May, 18, 2019 from UW-Green Bay. The award this year was designed to recognize a UW-Green Bay undergraduate student with the best-judged poster presentation at the 18th Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity at UW-Green Bay on Friday, April 26, 2019.

The Sager Award was made possible by the generosity of emeriti faculty members Paul and Dorothea Sager. Their endowment was created in 2009 to honor the memory of Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner and his commitment to UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. The Sager Award acknowledges your excellence in communicating original scientific research from a classroom or extracurricular academic project. Your work is a significant accomplishment that reflects favorably on your experience here at UW-Green Bay and the effective guidance of your faculty and staff mentors. Her main faculty mentor was Assistant Prof. Lisa Grubisha (NAS).

Malcore will enter the Program in Biomedical Sciences, a doctoral program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and will be exploring human genetics in her first year.

“Because UW-Green Bay is a smaller school, I think I had a lot of opportunities to get to know the faculty personally, and I even had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant during my sophomore year, which I don’t think would have been possible at a larger school,” Malcore said. “A lot of the faculty was very helpful in encouraging me to apply for graduate programs and putting together my applications. UW-Green Bay also has a large environmental focus, and I had the unique opportunity to be involved with the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity on campus doing both field and lab research for two years with their Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) project. It was through my involvement with this project that I realized I had a passion for research, and I hope to find a project that I am equally excited about in graduate school.”

Her winning poster:

Winning poster presentation

Three other poster presentations as honorable mention recipients:

  1. Jon Arvedson, Alex Kershner, and Ruchita Patel (mentored by Professors Debra Pearson and Georgette Heyrman): Evaluating Synergism Between Vitamin D Metabolites and ω-3 Fatty Acids in Ovarian Cancer Cells
  2. Rachel Gordon, Keyur Patel, Halee Behrens, and Catherine Fonder (mentored by Prof. Brian Merkel): The Effects of Oral Consumption of Echinacea on Human Neutrophils
  3. Kenzie Ostien and Madison Quamme (mentored by Prof. Lisa Grubisha) Looking to Soil Microbes for a Solution to the Antibiotic Crisis

These awardees were selected from 30 eligible UW-Green Bay posters. The selection committee consisted of faculty members Robert Howe, Vicki Medland, Bobbie Webster (Cofrin Center for Biodiversity Natural Areas Ecologist), James Marker, Richard Hein (Manitowoc Campus), Amy Wolf, Brian Welsh, Brian Walsh (UW-System), Karen Stahlheber and Douglas Brusich.