Grad Student Wins Graduate and Professional Student Government Fall Travel Award

Phillip Shults holding his certificate

Phillip Shults. Photo by Rob Williams

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Phillip Shults on receiving the Graduate and Professional Student Government’s Fall Travel Award.

The award will allow Shults to travel to Puerto Rico to attend the Society for Vector Ecology’s annual meeting. Shults will be giving a presentation titled “Taxonomic uncertainty in the C. variipennis complex part II: population genomic structure of C. sonorensis throughout North America” during the meeting.

Shults will also be coordinating a symposium titled Unveiling the Ecology of North American Culicoides Vectors where he will have experts speaking on different members of the genus Culicoides, which are commonly known as biting midges. The topics range from pathogen transmission to molecular ecology to novel vector control strategies.

“I’m thrilled to have received this award,” he said. “I’ve been a part of multiple awards committees and that experience was incredibly helpful when filling out the travel award application.”

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