Current Contest Information
December - March, 2022/2023
Send us photos showing your lab team working together!
- 1st place: $250
- 2nd place: $150
- 3rd place: $100
- There is a maximum of three photo submissions per IPBGG student.
- Photos’ width must be between 320 and 1080 pixels and the aspect ratio must fall between 4:5 and 1.91:1 (a height between 566 and 1350 pixels with a width of 1080 pixels). Pictures with higher resolution are also accepted, however they will be sized down to a width of 1080 pixels for departmental promotions.
- Candidate’s personal information such as name, email address and lab information must be included.
- A photo caption of maximum 150 characters must be included.
- It is necessary for at least five students to participate in the contest for it to be valid.
- In case the contest is not valid, the theme of the contest will be the same for the following four months, and the pictures already submitted will be considered for the next round.
August - November 2022 Winners
1st place: Gema Takbir Nugraha (Dr. Ozias-Akins' lab) - The search for disease resistance through multidisciplinary research: leaves of a wild peanut species were being investigated for leaf spot diseases.
2nd place: Madhav Subedi (Dr. Mergoum's lab) - F2 to F6 generation lines of wheat are planted in head rows. We use bubble trays for planting their seed.
3rd place: Gaurab Bhattarai (Dr. Conner's lab) - Integrating science of firmness: Using 'FirmTech', muscadine berries are tested non-destructively in the lab similarly to how consumers might test fruit with their fingers before buying them.
June - July 2022 Winners
1st place: Stephanie Botton (Dr. Ozias-Akins' lab) - Teamwork makes a field work: 1800 peanut plants were hand transplanted by both Dr. Ozias-Akins' and Dr. Corley Holbrook's teams in > 3 hours.
2nd place: Samantha Jo Wan (Dr. Chee's lab) - Beautiful Saturday morning spent collecting tissue samples at Gibbs Farm in Tifton.
April - May 2022 Winners
1st place: Holly Wright Presley (Dr. Missaoui's lab) - The majesty of the Queen of Forages: a half-sib alfalfa population displaying variation in flower color.
2nd place: Anne Frances Jarrell (Dr. Buell's lab) - Catharanthus roseus is known not only as a beautiful ornamental but also as a source of two cancer-fighting alkaloids, vinblastine, and vincristine.
3rd place: Qian Feng (Dr. van der Knaap's lab) - Cultivated beefsteak tomato flower (left) vs wild tomato flower (right). The fasciated flower of beefsteak tomato also has a much bigger fruit.
February - March 2022 Winners
1st place: Madhav Subedi (Dr. Mergoum's lab) - Paper, pen, and breeder's eye. Simple tools for plant breeding that gets better with experience.
2nd place: Kendall Lee (Dr. Missaoui's lab) - PCR product is being run on an agarose electrophoresis gel to tell us whether tall fescue plants are endophyte infected.
3rd place: Emile Barnes (Dr. Bertioli's lab) - During emasculation, anthers are removed from the peanut flower before pollination to form a cross.
November - December - January 2021/2022 Winners
1st place: Vinavi Lakshman (Dr. Mitchum's lab) - Soybean cyst nematode second stage juveniles inside soybean roots. Acid fuchsin stain turns nematodes inside roots to pink color.
2nd place: Stephanie Botton (Dr. Ozias-Akins' lab) - Visualization of peanut DNA during the precipitation step of a DNA extraction. Even after extracting numerous DNAs, this step still has a “wow” factor.
3rd place: Ethan Menke (Dr. Li's lab) - Sensor continuously monitoring soybean leaf respiration under drought stress.
September-October 2021 Winners
1st place: Samikshya Rijal (Dr. McGregor's lab) - Watermelon Breeding Program at McGregor Lab #controlledpollination
2nd place: Shreena Pradhan (Dr. Devos' lab) - An embedded cross section of Paspalum vaginatum leaves showing "papillae" that sequester sodium ions.
3rd place: Stephanie Botton (Dr. Ozias-Akins' lab) - Early Bird Gets the Worm - early peanut harvest during a foggy morning at Gibb's Farm in Tifton, GA during September, 2021.