2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Conference Participation at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Philip Waisen

Graduate Degree Fellow


During my conference, I participated in a student competition where I presented my current research entitled “Effective Termination Methods of Brassica Cover Crops for Suppression of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes While Enhancing Soil Health.” I also participated in Cobb Bowl  which is an oral quiz on General Plant Nematology, and where my team came in 4th place and was presented with a certificate of participation. I took part in Cobb Bowl with my fellow student colleagues from UH Manoa, Lilly Fatdal, also a current EWC/USSP fellow and Josiah Marquez. A large part of the accomplishments from this trip was networking with like minded graduate students and getting to know potential collaborators and/or advisors.


Philip Waisen (far right) with Lilly Fatdal and Josiah Marquez

My travel to attend the 56th Annual Society of Nematologists, held at Colonial Williamsburg, VA would not have been made possible if I had not been financially supported by 1) East-West Center Alumni Travel Grants, 2) Tropical Plant Pathology Graduate Student Travel Grant, and 3) Nathan A. Cobb Foundation, in the amounts of $500, $700 and $700, respectively. I am very grateful for the help rendered in this regard.