Kelsey Reed was awarded a Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, “Improving Heirloom Tomato Traits through Gene Editing,” with Dr. Idan Efroni’s lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This project aims to extend the shelf life of heirloom tomatoes by precisely modifying target genes through gene editing. The project will result in a more durable and diverse tomato through a method that can be applied to other crops. Kelsey obtained a B.S. in Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2018 and is currently a Ph.D. student in Dr. Bastiaan Bargmann’s lab at Virginia Tech. She is currently researching how to increase regeneration capabilities of plant protoplasts for crop improvement.
Sean Rao was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue his research project, titled “Ideology, Credibility, and Political Mobilization in Israel’s Arab Sector”, at the University of Haifa under Dr. As’ad Ghanem. Sean earned his B.A. in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland-College Park, where he is writing his dissertation on the role of religious and socialist ideologies in political mobilization. He studies whether the use of ideological framing by political parties impacts perceptions of credibility among voters.