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Winners of the 2021 Young Algae Researcher Awards

The 2021 Young Algae Researcher Awards were presented to six student scientists for their contributions to the fields of algae biology and engineering at the 2021 Algae Biomass Summit

Each year ABO presents these awards to recognize outstanding research projects by early-career scientists that are discovering the potential for algae to address a number of challenges in energy, human health, climate change, agriculture and more.

A panel of judges evaluated posters presented at the Summit based on six key criteria: presentation, methodology, data analysis, poster integrity and the presentation of the poster by the presenter. This year the Summit also introduced a new People’s Choice award category.

The 2021 awards went to: 

First Place:

Oluwatosin Oginni
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Idaho National Laboratory
Influence of Wet Anaerobic Storage on Dry Matter Stability and Biochemical Composition of Nannochloropsis gaditana Algae Strain           

Second Place:

Lisby Santiago
Undergraduate, University of Puerto Rico
Extraction, Purification, and Characterization of Ulvan Polymer, Extracted from Green Macroalga Ulva Fasciata, Collected from Fajardo, Puerto Rico


Third Place:

Nadia Correia
PhD student, Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR) University of Algarve, Portugal
Large-scale production and biomass characterization of a novel Chlorococcum amblystomatis (Chlorophyta) strain

People Choice:

For the first time the Summit welcomed all attendees to review the scientific posters submitted to the event and select their favorites for the People’s Choice Award. This year’s awards go to Oluwatosin Oginni of Idaho National Laboratory and Natalie Alvarado, an undergraduate at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Congratulations to each of this year’s winners. We look forward to seeing your impact on this important field!

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