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JP Travel Award

JP Travel Award

Joel Peterson standing in front of white water rapids.

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.

The JP Undergraduate Student Travel Fund is designed to fund discipline-related travel for undergraduates majoring in BB and BMB. It is designed to supplement funds from other sources to enable BB/BMB majors to travel to take advantage of professionally beneficial opportunities, such as travel to present research at a conference, a distant internship or other training opportunity.

How to apply

Students desiring travel support can download the JP Travel Award application and submit by following the guidelines in the application. A maximum award is not defined, but award amounts are generally $500 or less.

Thanking our donor

Students awarded travel funds agree to write a report about the experience that can be conveyed as a letter of thanks to the person who made this possible – Joel Peterson.

Previous award recipients

Through the generosity of Joel Peterson, the following undergraduates have received travel awards to present their research at conferences:


  • Matthew Frischman (Magnuson lab) Society for Neuroscience Annual National Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Alyssa Schroeder (Mackiewicz lab) American Chemical Society Crossroads of Chemistry Conference, Indianapolis, IN (March 2023)
  • Sophie Fischer (Mackiewicz lab), American Chemical Society Crossroads of Chemistry Conference, Indianapolis, IN (March 2023)
  • Sam Bassett (Maier lab)American Society of Mass Spectrometry, Houston, Texas (May 2023)
  • Jessica Ewton (Chappell lab) Society for Neuroscience Oregon chapter meeting, Troutdale, OR (May 2022)


  • Alyssa Pratt (Hendrix lab) RNA 2022 Conference in Boulder, CO
  • Alexandre Sathler (Franco lab) American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gretchen Fujimura (Barbar lab) Biophysical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Elizabeth Milford Toll (Freitag Lab) 31st biennial Fungal Genetics Conference, Pacific Grove, CA


  • 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) present her research at the Fungal Genetics Conference in Pacific Grove, California.
  • Grace Ross (Perez Lab) American Ageing Association.


  • 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.