Each year, the program offers a small number of stipends to allow some URAP apprentices to continue work on their mentors' research projects over the summer. To be eligible, students must have been working with the same mentor for at least two semesters. Mentors nominate their students. These stipends are generously supported by a number of private donors.

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The Molecular Basis of Floral Patterns

Summer 2017

Grace Johnson : Molecular & Cell Biology

Mentor: Benjamin Blackman, Plant & Microbial Biology

My research project involves looking at what genes lead to certain petal spot patterns in the common monkeyflower. I also look at how these spots may give a plant an advantage when it comes to getting pollinated and passing on their genes. My time is largely divided between molecular work in the lab and more hands-on work in the greenhouse, where I cross plants, collect seeds, and track plant growth and germination. 

Message to Sponsor:

My passion for genetics led to my desire to be a molecular and cell biology major. I love having the opportunity to study genetics in the lab and see the impact they have on species diversity. My work really adds a tangible dimension to my studies.