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The Center for Plant Cell Biology is hosting it's 21st annual Noel T. Keen Distinguished Lecture & Awards Ceremony on Friday December 8th, 2023. This year CEPCEB will host speakers such as Dr. Michael Purugganan of NYU and many more. This event will begin at 1:00pm with light refreshments and continue until 5:00pm with a coffee break and reception to follow. If you are interested in attending please register here!

 Dr. Purugganan is a leader in the field of evolutionary and ecological genomics, and his work focuses on identifying the molecular basis for evolutionary adaptations that occur in nature. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2006, he was the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Genetics at North Carolina State University, where he also won the Outstanding Faculty Research Award and the Sigma Xi Research Prize. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Young Investigator Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, is a Kavli Fellow, and in 2005 was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Purugganan is on the editorial boards of the journals Genome Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Trends in Plant Science, and the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics.

The IIGB Natasha V. Raikhel Award in Research Innovation and Science Leadership Award is a biennial monetary award that recognizes an outstanding faculty or non-senate academic researcher for innovation and/or leadership. Awardees and nominees are to be members of the IIGB. The awardee shall be selected from a committee of IIGB members. 


The Neil Campbell CEPCEB Outstanding Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award  (started as an annual Award in 2005) honors UCR undergraduates mentored by CEPCEB faculty. The criteria for this award are not as stringent as those for the Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards: creativity, diligence, focus, enthusiasm, and tangible research accomplishments are primary considerations for this award. The letter of nomination for this award should address: (1) the importance of these scientific findings to the field, (2) the specific role of the undergraduate in the research project (this is particularly important since most undergrads are mentored by a graduate student, postdoc, or staff member), (3) independence of the student, and (4) any other information that might guide the award committee's decision-making process. If the student has been an author on a manuscript, the manuscript should be submitted; however, authorship on a manuscript is not mandatory for this award. Nominees must be current students who will be at UCR through winter quarter so that they can receive the fund through Financial Aid. If their education costs are paid for in another way, they will still receive the financial benefit, which will be around $5000. 



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