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Biology Major Receives Research Fellowship

CONWAY, Ark. (December 12, 2013) – Hendrix student Austin Wofford, a junior biology major from Alma, Ark., was awarded a Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

The SURF award will support Wofford’s travel to Mexico City, Mexico, in June 2014, where he will work with Dr. David Gernandt at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) herbarium.

“The data that Austin will collect on Mexican pine species that are closely related to ponderosa pine in the U.S. will be an important part of our upcoming research paper” said Hendrix biology professor Dr. Ann Willyard. “This ecologically important group of forest trees grows on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, making international collaborations critical.”

"The ponderosa pines are a very interesting and complex group and taking an active part in their research has been an enriching experience as a developing biologist. I'm exciting to continue this work and am especially looking forward to working with Dr. Gernandt and his graduate students at UNAM," said Wofford.

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