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The 2018 Spring/Summer Constance Campbell Travel Award Winners Announced

By: Chelsea Castleberry, CRS Program Assistant, May 8th, 2018

Winners have been chosen for the 2018 Spring/Summer Constance Campbell 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!

Julia Geynisman-Tan, MD, a Fellow in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, mentored by Drs. Kimberly Kenton and Christina Lewicky-Gaupp, will present at the International Continence Society meeting, August 28-31, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA

“I am so honored to receive this award. Advocating for and caring for women living with female genital mutilation has been a passion of mine and I am so excited to share my research on the urologic complications of FGM with the international community. I really hope that presenting at this conference will change the practice of some of my urogynecologic colleagues.” – Dr. Geynisman-Tan 

Nathaniel Henning, a graduate student in Dr. Monica Laronda’s laboratory, will present at the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) 2018 Annual Meeting, July 10-13th, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana

I am both honored and grateful to be receiving a Constance Campbell Trainee Travel Award and am very excited to have the opportunity to present my work at the Society for the Study of Reproduction annual meeting. This conference provides an amazing opportunity to meet with potential collaborators, get exposed to cutting edge research in the fields of sex determination, ovarian cell differentiation, and embryo development, and receive feedback from prominent reproductive scientists at an early point in my career.” – Nathaniel Henning

Yi Luan, a recent Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine (MS-RSM) graduate, mentored by Drs. So-Youn Kim and Teresa Woodruff, will be presenting at the SSR 2018 Annual Meeting, July 10-13th, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana

“I’m grateful to receive the travel awards this year, and this is also my first award during my master period. It is a milestone for me, as a new growing CRS trainee, to keep on studying reproductive science. I would like to share my research to other scientists, and also learn what is happening in reproductive signaling field among the world.” – Yi Luan, MS

Rexxi Prasasya, PhD, a recent graduate from Dr. Kelly Mayo’s laboratory, will present at the SSR 2018 Annual Meeting, July 10-13th, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana

"I am excited to present my dissertation work at the Society for Study of Reproduction where I plan to take part in the various trainee-focused forums and networking activities. The Constance Campbell Trainee Travel Award represents the continued support by the CRS of my research work, which has always been an invaluable component of my graduate training at the Northwestern University." – Dr. Prasasya

Jeff Schneider, PhD, a Post-doctoral Fellow in Dr. Thomas Hope’s laboratory who was very-recently promoted to Research Assistant Professor, will present at the HVTN meeting, May 14-18th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

“I have been a trainee in the CRS for the past 5 years and have very much enjoyed the scientific programming and opportunities this program has provided. I am honored to be the recipient of the Constance Campbell Trainee travel award and will use it to travel to Washington D.C. later this month to present my research on HIV broadly neutralizing antibody circulation in the female reproductive tract at the HIV Vaccine Trials Network Conference.  I am also excited to present my research at the Reproductive Research Updates seminar series as this is an excellent opportunity to get critical feedback on my project.” – Dr. Schneider

Yinu Wang, PhD, a Post-doctoral Fellow in Dr. Daniella Matei’s laboratory, used her travel award to present at the AACR, Targeting DNA Methylation and Chromatin for Canter Therapy meeting, March 1-4th, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia.

“It is a great honor to receive this travel award from the Northwestern Center for Reproductive Science. Attending this conference provided me great educational opportunities for my scientific career. During the meeting, I was exposed to high impact studies in the field of DNA methylation and chromatin modification and met with many experts. Additionally, the meeting provided me with an opportunity to bring my newest research to the attention of others and to get my contributions recognized by colleagues and experts. I received insightful feedback and suggestions, as well as ideas for potential future directions from experienced investigators, which I hope will improve my future scientific career. Attending this conference helped developing my reputation as an emerging researcher and building a professional network with other colleagues as well, which is beneficial for me to create collaborative opportunities for my future scientific career.” – Dr. Wang

Ian Wolff, a graduate student in Dr. Sadie Wignall’s laboratory, will use his travel award to present at the EMBO|EMBL Symposium Microtubules meeting, May 27-30th, 2018, in Heidelberg, Germany.

"I am grateful that the Constance Campbell Trainee Travel Award will support my attendance to this small, specialized microtubule conference where I will be able to present my work to engaged members of my field and gain essential feedback. The chance to attend a European conference is even more exciting because I will be able to represent CRS to an international audience that it is typically more difficult to reach at American conferences." – Ian Wolff

Jiyang Zhang, a graduate student in Dr. Woodruff’s laboratory, will be presenting at the SSR 2018 Annual Meeting, July 10-13th, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana

“It is my honor to receive this CRS Constance Campbell Trainee Travel Awards and I would like to thank my PI, Dr. Woodruff, for her advice and support. This award will assist me in attending this year's SSR meeting, which will be my first formal meeting outside Chicago area in my graduate study. I am very excited to learn more cutting edge researches and to communicate with people in reproductive field.” – Jiyang Zhang, MS

Luhan Tracy Zhou, a recent MS-RSM graduate, mentored by Dr. Francesca Duncan, will be presenting at the SSR 2018 Annual Meeting, July 10-13th, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana

“Receiving this award means a great deal to me because it not only validates the research and work that I am doing but allows me to continue my growth and development in the field. Being able to attend the 2018 SSR meeting will be tremendously beneficial for my project, professional development, and strengthen my research through feedback from established scientists and other trainees.” – Tracy Zhou, MS


Constance CampbellMore 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 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