MSUToday
Published: April 15, 2020

Kellogg Biological Station researchers earn coveted NSF fellowships

Contact(s): Cara Barnes communityrelations@kbs.msu.edu, Beth Brauer University Communications Beth.Brauer-Delaney@cabs.msu.edu

Five MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station graduate students have been recognized through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program, or GRFP.

Stephanie Clark, Corinn Rutkoski, Moriah Young and Allison Zahorec each were named as a fellow and received a 2020 award. Kyle Jaynes received an honorable mention. All five conduct research based at KBS.

The GRFP is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind. The program supports exemplary graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

"The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is the most highly competitive award for beginning graduate students," said KBS interim director Jeff Conner. "The recipients and those receiving honorable mentions are among the most promising young scientists in the U.S."

Stephanie Clark

Stephanie Clark is a doctoral student in MSU's Department of Integrative Biology. After earning her B.S. in biology at Aquinas College, she began working as a field and laboratory technician in the Haddad Lab. Her research interests lie in Lepidoptera demography and conservation of native flora in agricultural settings.

Corinn Rutkoski

Corinn Rutkoski is a doctoral student in MSU’s Department of  Integrative Biology. She earned a B.S. in environmental science from Loyola University Chicago in 2017. As a student in the Evans Lab, She explores how soil bacteria and fungi respond when native prairie plants are introduced into agricultural field.

Moriah Young

Moriah Young is an incoming doctoral student in the Zarnetske Lab in MSU’s Department of Integrative Biology. She earned a B.S. in environmental science at the University of Michigan. She's interested in researching the effects of climate change on soil biota-plant-herbivore interactions.

Allison Zahorec

Allison Zahorec is a doctoral student in MSU's Department of Entomology. After earning her B.S. in zoology at Kent State University, she joined the Landis Lab. Her research interests include studying how insects interact with and impact other organisms in the community, and the implications of such multi-trophic interactions on the environment.

Kyle Jaynes

Kyle Jaynes is a doctoral student in the MSU Departments of Integrative Biology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior. Before joining the Fitzpatrick Lab, he earned a B.A. in biology and environmental science from Adrian College. His research interests lie at the intersection of ecology, evolution and conservation biology, with a focus on amphibians and reptiles.

About Kellogg Biological Station

As MSU’s largest off-campus educational complex, KBS has put its land-grant values into practice for nearly a century, providing the public with examples of science’s crucial role in sustaining natural and managed communities. KBS students and faculty work to understand and solve real-world environmental problems for a better tomorrow. To learn more, visit kbs.msu.edu.