Undergraduate Research Assistants, Gia Fisher and Kevin Surya, received research grants from the Undergraduate Scholars Program at MSU to fund their research projects during the 2017-18 academic year. Gia is working with Chris Organ (lab PI) to develop the very first developmental “phylogeny” and to test if accounting for the shared developmental history of tissues impacts the statistical results of comparative tissue studies. Kevin, for his senior thesis, is testing if the use of molecular phylogenies (scaled by nucleotide substitutions) in comparative methods is more accurate than phylogenies scaled by time. Both students received the full award amount for their research grants, $1,800! Congratulations, Gia and Kevin!
Link to the Undergraduate Scholars Program’s webpage: http://www.montana.edu/usp/