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Graduate Research Awards

Each year the Dean for Research office calls for the best thesis and dissertation from CALS majors to be selected for UF/IFAS’ best. After a comprehensive review, the Research Award Committees selected the following best thesis and dissertation for recognition at the annual awards ceremony:

2015 Master’s recipient of the UF/IFAS Graduate Research Award of Excellence

Awardee: Kathryn Merriman, Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
Advisor: Corwin Nelson
Title: “Characterizing The Contribution Of Vitamin D To Activation Of Host Defenses In Dairy Cows”

2015 Doctoral recipient of the UF/IFAS Graduate Research Award of Excellence

Awardee: Eduardo de Souza Ribeiro, Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
Advisor: Jose Santos
Title: “Molecular Features of Reproductive Biology Associated with Fertility in Lactating Dairy Cows”

List of Best Thesis by CALS Major in 2015

StudentTitleMajor

Colvin Blaire

Influence of Canopy Health and Maturity on Peanut Peg Strength Yield and Grade

Agronomy

Kathryn E. Merriman

Characterizing The Contribution Of Vitamin D To Activation Of Host Defenses In Dairy Cows

Animal Molecular & Cellular Biology

Yun Jiang

EFFECTS OF THE DOSE AND VIABILITY OF SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE ON THE RUMINAL BACTERIAL POPULATION AND FERMENTATION AND THE PERFORMANCE OF LACTATING DAIRY CATTLE

Animal Sciences

Tyler Vitone

FROM PAVEMENT TO POPULATION GENOMICS: CITIZEN SCIENCE AND ddRADseq PARTNER TO CHARACTERIZE THE INTRODUCED PAVEMENT ANT Tetramorium caespitum AND ENHANCE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT WITH SCIENCE

Entomology & Nematology

Charles Bradford (Brad) Sewell

Hurricane Preparedness of Homeowners in the Southeast US

Family Youth and Community Sciences

JULIA MARIE SIMONETTI

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF A SMALL URBAN AQUAPONIC SYSTEM

Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

Kristen Kunkle

CULTURAL COGNITION AND CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION: WHY CONSENSUS IS NOT ENOU

Forest Resources & Conservation

Jack A. Roach

INTROGRESSION AND GENETIC MAPPING OF RESISTANCE TO XANTHOMONAS FRAGARIAE IN OCTOPLOID STRAWBERRY

Horticultural Science- Horticultural Sciences

Hsin Hsieh

Complex Effects of Glucose on Biofilm Formation and PGA Synthesis in ESCHERICHIA COLI

Microbiology & Cell Science

Hamza Keskin

Digital Mapping of Soil Carbon Fractions

Soil & Water Science

Lily Maynard

Evaluating Stakeholder Collaboration and Group Maturity in CommunityBased Conservancies in Kenya

Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

Christy Penman

Gardening Modifies the Patterns of Brain Activation and Enhances the Mental Health Profile of Healthy Women

Horticultural Science – Environmental Horticulture

List of Best Dissertation by CALS Major in 2015

StudentTitleMajor

Lopez Bobeda Jose Roberto

Sorghum Traits Associated with Plant Water Uptake: Physiology and Genetics

Agronomy

Eduardo de Souza Ribeiro

Molecular Features of Reproductive Biology Associated with Fertility in Lactating Dairy Cows

Animal Molecular & Cellular Biology

Vitor Rodrigues Gomes Mercadante

STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE REPRODUCTIVE EFFICIENCY IN BEEF FEMALES AND ENHANCE OFFSPRING POSTNATAL PERFORMANCE

Animal Sciences

Yao Xu

BIOLOGICAL STUDIES ON THE GUT SYMBIONT BURKHOLDERIA ASSOCIATED WITH BLISSUS INSULARIS (HEMIPTERA: BLISSIDAE)

Entomology & Nematology

TARYN MARIE GARLOCK

AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO EVALUATING FISHERIES ENHANCEMENT IN FLORIDA

Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

JOSÉ ANTONIO SIERRA HUELSZ

TOURISM AND FOREST LIVELIHOODS: LINKING ARCHITECTURE WITH TROPICAL FOREST MANAGEMENT

Forest Resources & Conservation

Mehul S. Bhakta

CHARACTERIZATION OF THE GENETIC CONTROL OF FLOWERING TIME IN Phaseolus vulgaris L.

Horticultural Science - Horticultural Sciences

Kelly Moore

“YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”: THE FOOD MOVEMENT AS A SOURCE OF SELF EVALUATION AND SOCIAL COMPARISON?

Interdisciplinary Ecology

Fernando A. Pagliai

Molecular Insights on ProteinLigand Interaction in the MarR Family of Transcriptional Regulators

Microbiology & Cell Science

ELTON CARVALHO GONÇALVES

METABOLIC REGULATION OF TRIACYLGLYCEROL ACCUMULATION IN NITROGENSTARVED GREEN ALGAE

Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology

Minjune Yang

Forward and Back Diffusion Through LowPermeability Aquitards

Soil & Water Sciences

Nia Haynes

Minority Underrepresentation in Natural Resource and Conservation Careers: Assessing Student Barriers and Opportunities Using Social Cognitive Career Theory

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation


Graduate Research Awards of Excellence – Best Theses, 1986-2015

Graduate Research Awards of Excellence – Best Dissertations, 1986-2015

Note: Electronic copies of theses and dissertations, if available, can be obtained at: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/etd.html