LSU Students Receive Research Funding From Scientific Honor Society

BATON ROUGE – Two LSU students are the recipients of grants from the scientific research honor society Sigma Xi for their research in biology and behavioral ecology. Undergraduate student Chase Anselmo and Ph.D. candidate Takashi Taguchi are two of the 97 student applicants who received Sigma Xi funding this year. The society awarded only 12 percent of its more than 800 applicants for these competitive grants.

Taguchi, originally from Sapporo, Japan, is working toward a doctoral degree in biomedical and veterinary medical sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine. He received a $750 grant to continue his research on how stem cells can be utilized to regenerate knee tissue in both dogs and humans.

“I am greatly honored to be awarded this prestigious scientific grant from Sigma Xi,” Taguchi said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to important scientific discoveries.”

Anselmo is a biological sciences senior from Rosepine, La., who received a $400 grant for his studies on the sensory patterns of African cichlid fish. Working with LSU Department of Biological Sciences Associate Professor Karen Maruska, Anselmo is conducting research to understand how the lateral line, a special sensory system, affects the fishes’ communication for reproduction.

“The data from my project can be combined with other sensory systems to gain a better understanding of communication as a whole,” Anselmo said. “With the grant from Sigma Xi, I’m able to continue researching through my final semester at LSU.”

About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The next Sigma Xi grant application deadline is March 15.





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