The Joel Peterson JP Travel Award fund was established by microbiology alumnus Joel Peterson (’69), who founded Ravenswood Winery after working as a research immunologist at the Harold Brunn Institute for Cardiovascular Research in San Francisco and as a clinical lab scientist at Sonoma Valley Hospital. 

Link to the JP Travel Award application is here.

Link to the JP Travel Award "Thank You" note is here.

Previous Award Recipients

Through the generosity of Joel Peterson, the following undergraduates have received travel awards:


Oliver Valdivia-Camancho and Jeanine Pestoni (Franco Lab) presented their research at the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine in Chicago, IL November 2018.

Mason McDowell attended the Student National Medical Association conference at UCLA medical school, November 2018.  He plans to help host  a medical conference here at OSU in February 2019 in collaboration with the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students.

Kendra Jackson (Freitag Lab) plans to present her research at the Fungal Genetics Conference in Pacific Grove, California in 2019.

Grace Ross (Perez Lab) plans to research at the American Ageing Association annual conference in June 2019.


Marissa Gallegos (Beckman/Hurst Labs) presented her research at the SACNAS conference

Mark Geisler (Freitag Lab) presented his research at the Neurospora 2018 Conference in Pacific Grove, CA.


Brian Josephson (Freitag Lab) presented his work at the 29th Fungal Genetics Conference in Asilomar, California.

Dani Stevens traveled to Plön, Germany for a summer research internship with Dr. Eva Stukenbrock.

Trisha Chau, Richelle Castro, Garth Kong, and Ryan Chung were all given travel awards to attend undergraduate-focused research conferences in April 2017.