We are pleased to announce that Cora MacAllister has received one of our ten Women’s Young Investigator Travel Awards.
Cora is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Department. In this position, she will be responsible for establishing an independent research group, securing external funding and teaching graduate and undergraduate students in the classroom and the lab. Cora’s PhD and post-doctoral training both focused on plant molecular developmental pathways (stomatal development in Arabidopsis and flower number control in tomato) but recent results have directed her focus toward new areas including cell wall proteins and the role of protein glycosylation in plant development.
Each year the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) awards travel grants to early career women investigators through a competitive process to attend the Plant Biology Annual Meeting. The goal of the Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) program is to increase attendance of female investigators in their first five years as an independent scientist in academia, industry, or government at the annual meeting by providing travel funds. Selection is based first on the science and quality of the abstract submitted relative to the amount of time as a young investigator, second on a statement describing why travel should be supported, and third on financial need. This year ten women were selected and each will receive a $1000 award to attend the Plant Biology Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.