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New Mexico State University student receives research scholarship

New Mexico State University biology major Brigit O'Donnell was awarded an Undergraduate Research Scholarship from the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).



New Mexico State University junior biology major Brigit O'Donnell was awarded an Undergraduate Research Scholarship from the Microscopy Society of America. (Courtesy photo)


O'Donnell, a junior from Las Cruces, is one of four undergraduate students -- three in the United States and one in Canada -- to receive the $3,000 scholarship.

Her research titled "Effect of Vein Pattern Alteration on Movement of Turnip Vein Clearing Virus in Arabidopsis thaliana" will be conducted in the New Mexico State University Electron Microscopy Laboratory under the guidance of Soumitra Ghoshroy, lab director and college associate professor of biology.

The MSA Undergraduate Research Scholarship program is funded by MSA and several private industries. The outcome of this research will be presented at the next annual MSA meeting in Savannah, Ga.