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UConn graduate receives national award for reseach (Released: 8/6/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Sarah Wojiski of NEWTOWN, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in cytogenetics, has received a national award for her research in cytogenetics.

The Oncor Student Research Award is presented by the Association of Genetic Technologists to the cytogenetics student who submits the best abstract of their work. A UConn student has received the award in each of the three years it has been offered. Wojiski was selected from among applicants from cytogenetics schools nationwide.

Wojiski presented her research paper at the Association's annual meeting in Portland, Ore., in June. Her paper concerned a fairly common chromosomal variant that has always been visible but whose origin had not yet been discovered. From her research, Wojiski ascertained that the variant was a derivative of chromosome 9 — a discovery that contributes to scientists’ understanding of the organization of genetic material.

Wojiski was also one of two students nationally to receive the Foundation for Genetic Technology EXCEL Award. The award, sponsored by Olympus America Inc., pays for transportation, accommodation, and registration at the Association of Genetic Technologists' annual meeting. It is awarded to the student who submits the best one-page essay giving reasons for wanting to attend the meeting.

Wojiski will continue her work in genetics as a cytogenetic technologist at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Cytogenetics Lab.