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K-State Today

July 2, 2012



Biology major receives travel award to attend national conference

By Kristin Michel

KaraJo Sprigg

KaraJo Sprigg, senior in biology, received a $1,000 travel award to attend the fourth Biennial National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence, June 25-27, in Washington, D.C.

Sprigg was chosen from more than 400 students for this award and will present a poster on her current research project, "The Effects of SRPN2 Depletion on Life Table Parameters of the African Malaria Mosquito, Anopheles gambiae." Her project is part of a larger study funded by the National Institutes of Health that evaluates the mosquito’s immune system as potential insecticide target to control diseases such as malaria.

Sprigg will graduate in May 2013 and plans to attend medical school.