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The 2017 Spring/Summer Constance Campbell Travel Award Winners Announced

By: Chelsea Castleberry, Program Assistant, CRS, April 25, 2017

Three winners have been chosen for the 2017 Spring/Summer Constance Campbell Travel Awards. This cycle, the Center for Reproductive Science received a total of 16 outstanding applications from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical residents and fellows.  The high caliber of each application made the decision-making process very difficult for the committee of CRS faculty members who performed a rigorous and blinded review.

Please join us in congratulating these CRS members who will be presenting their work at international meetings!

Ann Marie Carias, a Postdoctoral Fellow from the Hope Lab, who used her travel award to present at the Mucosal Systems Meeting, April 18-19th in Banff, Canada.

"I am extremely thankful to be the recipient of [a] Constance Campbell Trainee Travel Award from the Northwestern Center for Reproductive Science. By receiving such award and assistance, it is more feasible to attend the First Annual Mucosal Systems Meeting in Banff, Alberta. This meeting, being the first of its kind, is where experts and trainees join to discuss the latest data concerning mucosal systems in HIV transmission and pathogenesis. By attending this meeting, I will have the great opportunity to not only share my recent data on such topics but also to discuss future collaborations that are essential for the advancement of my career." – Ann Marie Carias

Margaux Kanis, a Clinical Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology (mentors John Lurain and Shohreh Shahabi), who will be presenting at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, May 5-9th in Vienna, Austria.

"It is a great honor to receive this award, and I share this recognition on behalf of the Gynecologic Oncology Division. I am excited to be able to share our research findings at an international forum, as well as collaborate with other physicians and scientists towards a cure for gynecologic cancers.” – Margaux Kanis

Kelly McKinnon, a Graduate Student in the Woodruff Lab, who will be presenting at the Gordon Research Conference – Epithelial Differentiation, May 7-12th in Lucca (Barga), Italy.

“I'm so excited to represent CRS at the Gordon Conference on Epithelial Differentiation where I will be exposed to new ideas and different viewpoints than what I have experienced at reproductive science meetings. This will help me improve as an independent researcher and increase my professional self-confidence. Additionally, I’ll be able to advocate for reproductive science to researchers in other disciplines, increasing the visibility of our field, and potentially fostering collaborations.” – Kelly McKinnon

More about the Constance Campbell Travel Awards:

Professor Constance Campbell, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northwestern, researched the relationship between the environment and sexual and other behaviors, administered the undergraduate honors program, and served as a preceptor in the Program for Reproductive Biology that Professor Neena Schwartz organized and that preceded the Center for Reproductive Science. Professor Campbell was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure in 1980, however, lost her battle with cancer only a year later. In her memory, her husband Dr. Jack Davis, family, friends, and colleagues established the Constance Campbell Memorial Fund. Since 1989, this fund has been used for the Constance Campbell Memorial Research Awards and Travel Awards. Funds from these awards can be used by its recipients to help defray travel costs to scientific meetings and conferences.

Donations continue to be accepted for this scholarship fund. To make a donation, please contact the CRS Executive Director at