PhD Candidate Kelsey Hallinen (Wood lab) is one of the recipients of a 2016 SACNAS Presentation Award. Her work, titled "Cooperation and Spacial Architechture in E. Faecalis Biofilms," was thought to be a standout among the student presentations at the conference this year. 

Kelsey is also a member of the SACNAS UM ChapterSACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. This year, the National Conference gathered over 4000 students and professionals. Taking place over three days, the conference showcased both undergraduate and graduate student presentations, offered scientific symposia, keynote addresses, professional development sessions, and a grand exhibit hall in which students interacted with over 300 exhibitors representing colleges and universities across the nation.