Biology Major Studying the Role Genes Play in Autophagy Wins Scholarship

Posted on 4/1/2018 8:54:27 PM

Rebekah Mikeasky receives the Hilliard Robertson Scholarship

Rebekah Mikeasky, a junior biology major from Johnstown, has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Patricia Hilliard Robertson Memorial Scholarship for Women in the Sciences.

Mikeasky, who has a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average, has spent the school year working closely with her advisor, Robert Major, Department of Biology, on a research project relating to the role genes play in autophagy.

“I like knowing about how things work and gathering facts,” Mikeasky said. “In biology, you get to see the underlying things that tell you a lot. To know how something works on a fundamental level is important.”

Mikeasky will be formally awarded the scholarship on Monday, April 2, at the annual Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Program, to be held on the first floor of Weyandt Hall. The event is on the first day of Research Appreciation Week at IUP, which spotlights the spirit of innovation and collaboration shared by all disciplines and recognizes the contributions that IUP original research and scholarship make to the region and world. 

“Rebekah deserves the award,” Major said. “I’m proud of her. She is one of the most individually motivated students I’ve ever had.”

The Hilliard Robertson Scholarship is available to full-time female students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics who have made a commitment to pursuing a career in the sciences. Candidates must have earned a minimum of 48 credits toward a degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geoscience, or physics with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.