Ekelé Presents at IN LSAMP Undergraduate Research Poster Session

Last week, Ekelé presented a poster at the Indiana STEM LSAMP (IN LSAMP) Undergraduate Research Poster Session! This summer, Ekelé completed an independent research project, in which he investigated the effect of birthing method on the innate immune activity of one week old Siberian hamsters. Way to go!

For more information about the NSF-funded IN LSAMP program, visit their website here.

Kat and Jessica Mentor Students for the Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program

Last week, Kat and Jessica mentored two students, Kennedi and Ketura, for the Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program (SSRP)! This one-week program introduces high school students to scientific research by pairing them with a host lab in the Indiana University Department of Biology and giving them the opportunity to conduct an independent research project. Kennedi is a rising junior at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, and she investigated sex differences in seasonal aggression in male and female Siberian hamsters. Ketura is a rising junior at Bloomington High School South, and she examined the effects of birthing method on maternal care in Siberian hamsters. Way to go, ladies!

For more information about the Jim Holland SSRP program, visit their website here.

The Demas Lab at SBN 2019

This year, the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology’s annual meeting was held in our hometown of Bloomington, Indiana! Greg was the chair of the host committee and was a huge part of making this meeting so successful. In addition, both Kat and Beth presented posters at SBN 2019. Way to go, everyone!

Clarissa Receives Biology Undergraduate Research Award and Fox Glen Research and Education Fund Award

In April, Clarissa received the Biology Undergraduate Research Award and the Fox Glen Research and Education Fund Award from the Department of Biology! The Biology Undergraduate Research Award is given annually for the best research paper written by an undergraduate student, and the Fox Glen Research and Education Fund Award is given annually to an undergraduate student participating in scientific research. Congratulations, Clarissa!

Image credit: Sandee Milhouse Photography.

Cat Awarded Hewins Scholarship for Avian, Wildlife, and Habitat Studies

In April, Cat was awarded the Hewins Scholarship for Avian, Wildlife, and Habitat Studies from the Department of Biology! This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate or undergraduate student who is involved avian and wildlife research and research-related endeavors, such as habitat protection and development. Congratulations, Cat!

Image credit: Sandee Milhouse Photography.

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Graduates!

Congratulations to undergraduate students Leanne Jossund, Cameron Logan, John Reinhart, Clarissa Ren, and Michael Vu, who graduated from Indiana University in May! All of us in the Demas lab are so proud of all you have accomplished, and we wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors!

Kat Awarded Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD) NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

Kat was awarded a Common Themes in Reproductive Diversity (CTRD) NIH Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year! This fellowship is awarded annually by the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) at Indiana University to outstanding graduate students whose research focuses on the development, evolution, and/or expression of behaviors associated with reproduction in animal systems or humans. Congratulations, Kat!

For more information on the CTRD research training group at IU, visit their website here.

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