Christy Monzon photoThe American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) recently announced that University of New Mexico Biology student Susan Christy Sanchez Monzon is one of the 10 recipients for its fifth annual ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. Monzon's project is entitled, “Activation of red form I algal Rubisco from Plocamium cartilagineum.” UNM Biology Professor David Hanson, an ASPB member, sponsored her.

“I'm so honored to be a recipient of the 2005 ASPB Summer Undergraduate Fellowship,” said Monzon. “This is a tremendous commitment that will allow me to expand my horizons in plant biology.”

The $3,000 fellowship will permit Monzon to devote full-time effort to a lab project for a 10-week period this coming summer. The award also includes $500 for lab supplies, a free membership in ASPB, and travel grant assistance for Monzon to attend the 2006 ASPB Plant Biology Meeting in Boston. With this undergraduate fellowship opportunity, ASPB offers students experiences to help them consider pursuing advanced degrees and careers in plant biology.

The ASPB SURF program was co-chaired by ASPB members Mark Brodl, Trinity University and Mary Williams, Harvey Mudd College. They agreed that this was the most difficult year ever to choose recipients from the many outstanding projects presented. A complete description of the SURF program and the project descriptions can be viewed at the ASPB Web site: .

ASPB, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, was founded in 1924 as the American Society of Plant Physiologists. This professional society has a membership of nearly 6,000 plant scientists from the United States and more than 50 other nations. ASPB publishes two of the most widely cited plant science journals in the world: The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology.

This article was originally published in "UNM Today: Campus News and Information" ( on May 27, 2005 by Steve Carr (505/277-1821).