Nilanjana Das, an incoming second-year graduate student in the Microbiology program, was recently awarded the P.F. Yerex & Nellie Buck Yerex Graduate Scholarship.
The scholarship "is awarded to domestic and international graduate students [...] who are pursuing study in a scientific or technological field. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic achievement and promise for the future."
Das currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is pursuing two different projects at Oregon State - one involves working with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to research fish in the lab and out in the field, and the other is a collaboration with Nucleic Sensing Systems, a company that develops automatic monitoring systems for environmental DNA.
Das was inspired by a diverse range of mentors who gave her the confidence to pursue her career path. She has held a position as an assistant aquatic disease biologist for NJ Fish & Wildlife. Das has presented her research findings at multiple workshops and has worked to promote aquatic science research to motivated students through mentoring and creating networking opportunities.