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Stephanie Ruby Predoctoral Travel Award

To honor the late Stephanie Ruby’s commitment to research education, the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology is establishing a predoctoral Travel Award to support predoctoral students training in the lab of an MGM faculty member to travel to a scientific conference.


  1.  Predoctoral graduate student in good standing working in the lab of a faculty member in the MGM department may be considered.
  2.  The student must submit an abstract to present either orally or in a poster session for the conference.


Applicants can apply for up to $1,500 to travel. Travel funds can reimburse airfare to and from the conference, hotel costs for staying, per diem, and/or registration costs. No funds will be allowed for international travel, only conferences within the U.S. will be allowed.

Requirements: A one paragraph written summary of the presentation given at the conference and what the student learned at the conference should be submitted within 30 days of return from the conference.

The Stephanie Ruby Predoctoral Travel Award should be acknowledged on the poster or in the talk. If any publication results from the work presented at the conference, please acknowledge the travel award as well.

The Application Process:

Application due dates: September 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

Application should include:

1 page description of the conference (including name, date, and location) that the student wishes to attend in the next calendar year. The description should include how attendance will benefit the student’s research and training. The student should attach a copy of the abstract the student intends to submit to the conference. Also, state whether the student has access to current funds (through fellowship, other travel awards) specifically for travel to conferences.

Please email application materials to Judy Cannon (jucannon@salud.unm.edu) and Sally Ann Garcia (SAnGarcia@salud.unm.edu)

Publications supported by the Ruby Travel Award:

Tasnim, H., Fricke, G.M., Byrum, J.R., Sotiris, J.O., Cannon, J.L., Moses, M.E. 2018. Quantitative measurement of naïve T cell association with dendritic cells, FRCs, and blood vessels in lymph nodes. Frontiers in Immunology. Jul 26;9:1571. *corresponding author. PMID: 30093900 PMCID: PMC6070610 DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2018.01571​

Zheng H, Wu D, Wu X, Zhang X, Zhou Q, Luo Y, Yang X, Chock CJ, Liu M, and Yang XO. Leptin promotes allergic airway inflammation through targeting the unfolded protein response pathway. Sci. Rep. 8: 8905 (2018). PMID: 29891850, PMCID: PMC5995879