PhD graduate wins best paper by a student award at BOTANY 2015

The 2015 A. J. Sharp Award for the best paper presented by a student at the American Bryological and Lichenological Society annual meeting was recently announced in Edmonton during BOTANY 2015 conference.

The winner was chosen by a team of judges assigned by the Executive Committee. The winner for 2015 is:

Manuela Dal-Forno (Department of Environmental Science & Policy, GMU) for her presentation – “Mycobiont cladogenesis triggered by photobionts speciation: A case study of the Rhizonema-Cora lichen symbiosis.”

Co-authors were James D. Lawrey (Department of Biology) and Robert Lücking (The Field Museum).

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

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