Wednesday, May 7, 2008

FAMU Student Awarded Top Honors at Florida Academy of Science Annual Meeting

Florida A&M University (FAMU) student Tresia Walters was presented the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award in Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Science for her paper titled Phylogenetics Analysis of Aestivales (Planchon) American Native Grapes by DNA Microsatellite Profiling.

“I was elated to find out the news that I had won the award at the Florida Academy of Science,” said Walters. “I’m very proud of this achievement.”

Walters, a St. Kitts and Nevis native, was a College of Engineering Sciences Technology and Agriculture (CESTA) Graduate Student Excellence Award winner and CESTA Research Forum Award Winner in 2007.

She will be graduating this summer with a master in science degree. Her thesis research is agriculture science/plant science in the area of grape DNA profiling. After graduation, Walters plans on pursuing a career in biotechnology or a related field.

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