Mariko Fujita ’12, a biology major who graduated magna cum laude, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Association of Colorado for her senior paper, entitled “Contributions of Japanese history, culture, and agricultural practices to genetic erosion in Oryza sativa (Asian rice).”
Fujita’s paper examined the loss of genetic diversity in rice in Japan due to cultural and political contexts. “It reflected her longstanding interest in her cultural roots, as well as some of the conservation biology and evolutionary biology she studied at CC,” said Biology Professor Tass Kelso said.
Fujita, from Rochester, N.Y., will begin work on a master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine this fall. Her work in Japan was sponsored by a Colorado College Venture Grant.