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Ernest and Pauline Jaworski Fund for Summer Research Experiences for Underserved Undergraduates in Plant Science

 

Ernest and Pauline Jaworski established the Ernest and Pauline Jaworski Fund for Summer Research Experiences for Underserved Undergraduates in Plant Science through the Oregon State University Foundation. The fund, established through an outright gift in 2000, is administered by the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Additional contributions may be added to this account at any time.

The Jaworskis have established this fund in recognition of their strong interest in plant biology and their interest in providing opportunities to encourage students to pursue careers in the plant sciences. Ernie and Pauline have worked with plant biology and science outreach programs for precollege students. They have a special interest in providing opportunities to help and sustain education, and changing learning environments so that more students have opportunities to learn.

"Ernie" received his MS and Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1950 and 1952 respectively and Pauline earned her BS in Botany in 1950, at Oregon State University. Ernie had a distinguished career at Monsanto for 40 years and held the title of Director of Biological Sciences when he retired in 1991. In the 1980's, Ernie led a team of scientists at Monsanto that engineered the first "transgenic" plant - a petunia containing a bacterial gene. This work helped launch the age of agricultural biotechnology. In recognition of his pioneering work, Ernie and three other Monsanto scientists won the 1998 National Medal of Technology for their efforts in developing and commercializing genetically engineered crops.

The Ernest and Pauline Jaworski Fund for Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Plant Science will bring talented and promising students to OSU for ten weeks. The program will be directed so that students participate in an ongoing research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor and other activities that will help to prepare them for graduate school.

The goal of this program is to increase the level of diversity among students who enter Ph.D. programs to pursue careers in university teaching and research by providing research opportunities to undergraduates that have been underserved. Program objectives include: to provide students with the preparation to become research scholars; to stimulate serious consideration of graduate study; and to increase the number of successful underserved applicants and subsequent enrollment of these students in graduate school.

This program affords students an opportunity to conduct selected research under the direction and guidance of an OSU faculty member. Special consideration will be given to applicants that have shown potential for success, but may have had limited access to graduate research or other preparatory opportunities. The program strongly encourages applications from: Alaskan Natives, American Indians, African Americans, Mexican Americans (Chicanos), Puerto Ricans, Latinos, and Filipino Americans.

In 2016, Amanda Greer was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship to work with Dr. Jeff Anderson.

In 2015, Cesar Jaurez was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship to work with Dr. John Fowler.

In 2014, Summer Research Scholarships were awarded to Kaitlyn Furnish to work with Dr. Andy Jones; Jason Hernandez to work with Drs. Lynda Ciuffetti and Tom Wolpert; and Tabitha Pearson to work with Dr. Bob Meinke.

In 2013, Joseph Schmidt was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship to work with Dr. Jim Myers.

In 2012, Summer Research Scholarships were awarded to Michelle Tan to work with Dr. Carol Rivin, and Jessica Tran to work with Dr. Hiro Nongaki.

In 2011, Sarah Layoun was awarded a Summer Research Scholarship to work with Dr. Walt Ream.

2010 Summer Research Scholarships were awarded to Julia McGonigle to work with Dr. Bob Meinke, and Jared Streich to work with Dr. Todd Mockler.

The 2009 Summer Research Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Groberg to work with Dr. Bob Meinke.

2008 Summer Research Scholarships are awarded to Tammy Winfield (to work with Dr. John Lambrinos,) and Wade Holman (to work with Dr. Lynda Ciuffetti).

2007 Summer Research Scholarships were awarded to Brooke Peterschmidt (to work with Dr. James Myers,) and Nicole Marshall (to work with Dr. Ed Peachey.

The 2006 Summer Research Scholarship was awarded to Shannon Williamson to work with Dr. Andrew Ross

2005 Summer Research Scholarships were awarded to:

Andrea Garcia who worked in Dr. Joseph Karchesy's laboratory

Lauren Osborn who worked in Dr. John Fowler's laboratory

Jing Sun who worked in Dr. Hiro Nonogaki's laboratory

2004 Summer Research Scholarships were awarded to: 

Malem Gutema who worked in Dr. John Fower's laboratory
                                          
Sara Hamilton who worked in Dr. Lynda Ciuffetti's laboratory

Katherine van Wormer who worked in Dr. Terri Lomax's laboratory