I would like to thank my funding sources, without which, much of my research would be impossible.


In particular, I would like to thank NSERC/CRSNG  for supporting my development as a scientist so far. I was first engaged with field work, experimental design, data analysis, and paper writing as an undergraduate through three USRA grants, where I studied topics as diverse as zooplankton ecology, plant ecology, and environmental impact and life cycle assessment. Following that, I was grateful to receive two years of funding during my M.S. degree under a PGS-M, and two years of funding during my Ph.D. under a PGS-D, while I studied at Cornell. I am eager to give back to my country through my work as a scientist throughout my career.

ACSFAdditionally, Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has contributed substantially to my progress while at Cornell. The first grant I helped write upon arriving at Cornell supported a semester of M.S. work, and since then, the Cross-Scale Biogeochemistry and Climate small grants in conjunction with the Biogeochemistry and Climate IGERT program have been instrumental in funding my research as well as developing my skills as a reviewer. The ACSF was also an important supporter of my travel to the UN climate conferences.

While in Woods Hole in the summer of 2012, I had the amazing experience of taking part in the Microbial Diversity summer training course at the Marine Biological Laboratory. This course provided me with a whole suite of totally new skills in molecular techniques, bioinformatics, and microbial culturing, which I hope will take my research in a new and exciting direction. This would not have been possible without the support of the Pfizer Inc. Endowed Scholarship, the Milton L. Shifman Endowed Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Energy grant to the Microbial Diversity course, as well as the Cornell Crop and Soil Science department’s summer funding support. Additionally, I would like to thank the Moore Foundation for the support to travel to Denver, CO, to present my findings at the American Society of Microbiology’s annual meeting.

Additional funding sources include:

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (NSF): National award to Ph.D. students for expanding dissertation research

Toward Sustainability Foundation Grant: funds innovative research, teaching and outreach projects involving organics and sustainability in farm and food systems, and managed landscapes

Sigma Xi Grants in aid of Research: The program awards grants to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering

Andrew W. Mellon Student Research Grants: provides funds to support student research relating to ecological, environmental, and natural resources issues

Canadian Soil Science Society Student Travel Award: awarded to a graduate student presenting research at the CSSS meeting

Soil Ecology Society Student Travel Award: awarded to a graduate student presenting research at the SES meeting

AGU Student Travel Award: awarded to a graduate student presenting research at the AGU meeting

Barbara McClintock Award: awarded to a graduate student in plant science with unique and outstanding contributions in research and teaching

MacDonald/Musgrave Award: awarded to a graduate student exhibiting excellence in crop and soil science