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The 2018 Fall/Winter Constance Campbell Travel Award Winners Announced

By: Chelsea Castleberry, CRS Program Assistant, December 3rd, 2018

Winners have been chosen for the 2018 Fall/Winter Constance Campbell Trainee Travel Awards. This cycle, the Center for Reproductive Science received many outstanding applications from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, 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 national and international meetings!

Carissa Heath, a Graduate Student in the IBiS program and Dr. Sadie Wignall’s lab, who will be attending the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Annual Conference, December 8-12, 2018, in San Diego, CA

“The American Society for Cell Biology’s Annual Conference is an integral part of my graduate education at Northwestern, as I can connect with mammalian meiosis researchers and have discussions that enhance and broaden my research, as well as explore other interesting topics in cell biology. I am excited to travel to ASCB with the help of the CRS Constance Campbell Travel Grant!” – Carissa Heath 

Alexandria Young, a MD/PhD student in the MSTP program and Dr. Joanna Burdette’s lab at UIC, who recently attended EORTC-NCI-AACR Molecular Targets & Cancer Therapeutics meeting, November 13-16, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland.

When the Burdette lab does preclinical drug development to find new chemotherapeutics for ovarian cancer from natural product sources, we look for the most potent compounds we can find and focus on target discovery later in our most promising hits. Discovering new targets is exciting, but can lead us into unfamiliar fields, and that's why being able to learn and network at the EORTC-NCI-AACR Molecular Targets & Cancer Therapeutics was so helpful to our explorations into these new target spaces. Thanks so much for enabling my attendance at the conference to happen!” – Ally Young

Courtney Harris, a Resident and Pediatric Surgery Research Scholar at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and mentored by Dr. Erin Rowell, who will be attending the Academic Surgical Congress meeting, February 5-7, 2019, in Houston, Texas.

“I am so honored to have the opportunity to travel to the Academic Surgical Congress with support from the Center for Reproductive Science to present data on the lack of involvement in fertility preservation programs by pediatric surgery departments. My goal is both to expose the participation gap, but also to act as an advocate for these kids and encourage pediatric surgery departments that it is their duty to create and participate in such programs.” – Courtney J. Harris, MD 


More about the Constance Campbell Travel Awards:Constance Campbell

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 B. 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