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Rosa Lab Hosts 2016 CASSE Program Students

Posted: June 14, 2016

Two high school students join the Rosa Lab for the College of Agricultural Sciences Summer Experience (CASSE).
Jeffrey Seaman (L) and Roandy Sanchez Mejia (R) during the field trip at the Arboretum to look for virus-infected plants

Jeffrey Seaman (L) and Roandy Sanchez Mejia (R) during the field trip at the Arboretum to look for virus-infected plants

On June 14 two high school students joined the Rosa Lab in the context of the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program to work on plant viruses as part of the College of Agricultural Sciences Summer Experience (CASSE).

In the project proposed by Dr. Paolo Margaria titled "It's invisible but is there: detection and sequencing of a plant virus," students will learn how to recognize symptoms of viral infection on wild and experimental plants, inoculate plant viruses, amplify and sequence the genome of Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), and will receive lectures in plant virology.

The UBMS program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of low-income, first-generation potential college students and stimulate their interest in pursuing a career in the math and science professions.