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August 21, 2023

Biology graduate student recognized with Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award

Submitted by Kristin Michel

David Hayes in front of his poster

David Hayes, a doctoral student in the Division of Biology, was recognized with one of the two Graduate Student Best Poster Presentation Awards at the 2023 annual meeting of the Mycological Society of America on Aug. 2 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The society discusses the importance, applications and modern research regarding all things fungal. Its international annual meeting brings hundreds of scientists as well as many graduate and undergraduate students together to present their current research, including 125 poster presentations.

Hayes' presentation, "Trichoderma atroviride exhibits larvicidal activity and delays development to the pupal stage in the mosquito, Aedes albopictus," was one of the two presentations recognized with the Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation Awards.

"I had an amazing time listening to pertinent research from experts in mycology and representing Kansas State research," Hayes said. "I am grateful to the Biology Graduate Student Association and the Graduate Student Council for funding my travel."

Hayes is in his second year of a microbiology doctoral program, working with his major professor Kristin Michel and collaborator Ari Jumpponen on fungus-mosquito interactions.