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Plant Biology News

Graduate student excellence celebrated at annual awards luncheon

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas P. Jones presented 10 awards to more than 30 graduate students — including Huck Institutes IGDP students Yurika Matsui (MCIBS), Weile Chen (Ecology), Bastian Minkenberg (Plant Biology), and William Turbitt (Integrative and Biomedical Physiology) — in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Penn State's valued relationship with its graduate students

President Eric Barron's letter to the University community

Call for nominations: IGDP student excellence

Attention Huck Institutes Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) chairs and faculty: The Huck Institutes is seeking nominations for exceptional graduate students to be highlighted on the Huck Institutes website and social media.

Ming-Yang Ho awarded the Paul Berg Prize in Molecular Biology

Ming-Yang Ho, a student in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology, is this year’s recipient of the Paul Berg Prize in Molecular Biology. It is awarded to an outstanding graduate student by the Eberly College of Science each year.

Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences builds on commitment to graduate student professional development

Over the past two years, the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, with the assistance of members of Penn State’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, has built and implemented a developmental system for graduate students in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs (IGDPs) in the life sciences.

NRC rankings place Penn State's research doctorate programs among the nation's best

Penn State was one of the largest institutional participants from among 212 universities in the latest National Research Council Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs, with 69 Ph.D. programs participating (65 ranked) in 51 different primary and three emerging fields of study.

Penn State's doctoral programs gain top outcomes in national rankings

The National Research Council (NRC) recently released its long-awaited report on the quality of research doctorate programs in the U.S. The report, available at online, confirmed that Penn State has a wealth of outstanding programs that are among the very best in the nation.

Congratulations to National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients Nathan Hepler, Lila Rieber, and David Villalta

The Graduate School at Penn State welcomes 14 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for the 2016-17 academic year -- among them, Huck Institutes intercollege graduate degree program (IGDP) students Nathan Hepler (Plant Biology), Lila Rieber (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences), and David Villalta (Ecology).

We Are: Meet 'dreamer,' student and plant biologist Shu Li

Shu Li is getting ready to defend her research and earn a Ph.D. in plant biology, but her reach already goes beyond the lab or classroom.

Announcing Huck Graduate Research Innovation Grant recipients for 2016

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of Huck Graduate Research Innovation (GRI) Grants.

New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis

A Penn State-led research team that includes Plant Biology IGDP student Ming-Yang Ho has identified a gene needed to expand light harvesting in photosynthesis into the far-red-light spectrum, providing clues to the development of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, an evolutionary advance that changed the history of life on Earth.

Proposals Requested for J. Lloyd Huck Graduate Research Innovation Grants 2016

The Huck Institutes is now accepting research proposals from students for the 2016 Huck Graduate Research Innovation (GRI) Grants. The Huck GRI Grants succeed the 2015 Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants and 2014 Huck Institutes Graduate Enrichment Awards.

Rice Research to Production short course helps young scholars advance their careers in rice science

Getting their feet wet in rice paddies, three Asia Rice Foundation USA (ARFUSA) grant winners and other scholars learn how rice is connected to the international community.

Announcing Huck Dissertation Research Grant 2015 winners

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences is pleased to announce the recipients of the Huck Dissertation Research Grants for 2015.

Ningxiao Li receives Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award

Plant Biology PhD candidate Ningxiao Li is the recipient of a 2015/2016 Storkan-Hanes-McCaslin Foundation Award.

Huck student helps advance breakthrough using award funds

Plant Biology doctoral candidate Bastian Minkenberg, a Huck Graduate Research Dissertation Award winner, worked to help advance the recent genome-editing breakthrough in Yinong Yang’s lab using funds from his award.

Researchers discover gene that controls melting point of cocoa butter

The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter -- a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals -- will likely lead to new and improved products, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Researcher develops novel strategy to improve crops and treat diseases

A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms, a new study suggests.

Call for applications: Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants

The Huck Institutes are now soliciting applications for a second round of J. Lloyd Huck Dissertation Research Grants (previously known as Huck Graduate Enrichment Awards) -- giving exceptional Huck graduate students up to $5,000 to spend on their individual research projects.

Hot-spring bacteria reveal ability to use far-red light for photosynthesis

Bacteria growing in near darkness use a previously unknown process for harvesting energy and producing oxygen from sunlight, a research team led by Huck Institutes faculty scientist Donald Bryant has discovered.


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