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Undergraduates

Still smiling after all those pollinations!

Top: Tam Dang, Jessica Poulin (grad student), Evelyn Lee, Cathryn Lucas, Paul Ngo, Phuc Dang; Bottom: Julia Kutaka, Tiffany Ng, Paula Sosenski (visiting grad student from UNAM), Tan Nguyen; missing: Flynn Boonstra (grad student), Laura Vary (grad student), Quoc-Phong Tran, Anne King.

Undergraduate Research. Undergraduates in the Sakai/Weller lab are active participants in research projects on the evolution of plant breeding systems (e.g., heterostyly and dioecy) and on invasive species.  Most undergraduates start in the lab by taking Bio 199 (research) at the beginning of their second or third year and stay in the lab at least two years, learning greenhouse and laboratory techniques, working on original research, and enjoying the company of lab colleagues.  The majority of undergraduates in the Sakai-Weller lab participate in the Excellence in Research (EIR) program of the School of Biological Sciences .  The EIR program requires a written paper, an oral presentation, and a poster on the student’s research project. Graduating seniors from the lab have entered professional school (medical, dental, pharmacy) and graduate school for studies in public health, evolution, conservation, microbiology, physiology, and secondary education.  Several students in the Sakai-Weller lab have co-authored publications in professional journals. 

Undergraduates interested in Bio 199 in the Sakai/Weller lab:

We prefer new students to the lab who are at the beginning of their second or third year of college with at least a 3.0 GPA.  Students must have a strong interest in ecology and evolution and enjoy working in a cooperative setting.  For further information, please email Ann Sakai (aksakai@uci.edu) or Stephen Weller (sgweller@uci.edu), stating why you are interested in the lab, your current GPA, the bio courses that you have taken, and any previous work or research experience.

Recent Undergraduate Excellence in Research Projects

Year

Student

Excellence in Research

2006

Julia Kutaka

Mechanism for the breakdown of incompatibility of Oxalis alpina

2006

Cathryn Lucas

Genetic basis of style morph expression in a tetraploid, heterostylous species

2006

Tan Ngyuen

Maternal effects on seed quality and growth in fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum, Poaceae), an invasive species

2006

Quoc-Phong Tran

Changes in inflorescence architecture following artificial selection for sex allocation in Schiedea salicaria

2005

Linda Chau

Changes in sex allocation patterns with artificial selection in Schiedea salicaria (Caryophyllaceae)

2005

Phuc Dang

Heritabilities and genetic correlations of biomass allocation in gynodioecious Schiedea adamantis  (Caryophyllaceae)

2005

Tam Dang

The extent of inbreeding depression in Oxalis alpina

2005

Paul Ngo

Heritabilities and sexual dimorphism in inflorescence traits of two dimorphic species, Schiedea adamantis  and Schiedea salicaria

2004

Tiffany Ng

Response to artificial selection for female and male floral biomass allocation in gynodioecious Schiedea salicaria (Caryophyllaceae)

2004

Athena Vuong

The evolution of distyly in Oxalis alpina

2004

MaryKay Herzenach

Heritability of physiological traits associated with resource allocation in the evolution of dioecy in Schiedea adamantis