Bloomington, IN

On May 1 at the Indiana University Biology Student Awards Ceremony, Briana K. Whitaker was named recipient of the $2,500 George E. Archer Foundation's Fred Seward Award for 2015.  George Hegeman, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology at Indiana University and longtime board member of the Archer Foundation talked with Briana immediately after the award ceremony.  Briana is a second year Ph. D. student working in the laboratory of Professor Keith Clay in the Biology Department at IU, Bloomington.  Briana is also the recipient of an NSF Research Fellowship, among other honors.  Her research centers on switchgrass (a plant widely considered to be a source of biofuels), its ecology and its fungal endosymbionts.

The Fred Seward Award was estblished by the GEAF to honor the memory of Fred Seward and the Seward family.  Fred was an IU alumnus, track star at IU, a prominent local businessman and lover of the natural world.

About The George E. Archer Foundation: The George E. Archer Foundation is an independent private foundation established in 1984 and based in Bloomington, Indiana.  For more information, visit