In April 2015, Laura Schoenle received a $2,000 travel scholarship from the Graduate School at Virginia Tech. The funds were used to travel to and lodge at the Queen’s University Biological Station in southeastern Ontario from April-July 2015.
Laura had this to say about the experience:
“I had a very successful field season! I conducted two experiments using the incredible outdoor aviary facilities at the biological station as well as a study on a population of free-living birds at nearby sites. I was able to bring two Virginia Tech undergraduates with me and both are currently conducting independent projects based on the data we collected. We are anticipating four publications from this work, three of which will be chapters in my dissertation.
This support from the Graduate School has been invaluable to my research. By funding travel expenses, the scholarship allowed me to dedicate other resources towards lab work so that I could answer an additional question addressing the influence of hormones on the immune response.”