Notre Dame Department of Biological Sciences | Apr. 7, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Science
Seven graduate students in the life sciences at Notre Dame, including three in the Department of Biological Sciences, were selected this month as winners or honorable mentions in the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP). The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.
The 2014 NSF-GRFP awardees in Biological Sciences include Cheyenne Tait, a graduate student in the Feder laboratory, who is researching the basis of olfactory preference in the apple maggot fly, Rhagoletis pomonella. Tait uses neurophysiological tools to probe the nervous system before turning to RADseq-based genetic analyses, and hopes to add to current knowledge of evolutionary processes by examining the mechanism of this isolating behavior through integrative use of techniques spanning two biological fields. Rhagoletis is also an economically important pest species, and understanding how it targets fruits could be exploited for control efforts.