Featured Fellow: Tina Cheng
National Science Foundation – East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (NSF EAPSI) Fellow
|Me with frog in hand during a night-time amphibian sampling event at Dasyueshan Recreational Area.||Me (left) and my friend Kristen (right) preparing to go snorkeling off the Southern Coast of Taiwan.|
Tina Cheng was a master’s student at San Francisco State University in the Department of Biology when she won an NSF – East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship to Taiwan.
Tina’s personal account of applying for the National Science Foundation – East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (NSF EAPSI) provides a behind-the-scenes look at the fellowship application process and the benefits of this NSF summer fellowship. Thank you, Tina!
Tina is currently in a PhD program at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is funded on a National Science Foundation Emerging Infectious Disease (NSF EID) grant studying an invasive pathogen, Geomyces destructans, that causes White-nose Syndrome in bats. The lab in which she works received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a proposal that she led; the resulting study of antifungal skin microbes as tools for White-nose Syndrome management will become a chapter in her dissertation.
|Team Salamander: Taiwanese researchers from the Endemic Species Research Institute and myself (far right) after a long day of salamander searching at Alishan National Park.|