Mike Fazio, a senior biology and math major, presented a poster of his independent research at the Eastern Great Lakes Molecular Evolution Meeting on April 24 at Cornell University. This work was completed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station under the mentorship of Angela Baldo, a computational biologist in the Plant Genetic Resources Unit, USDA-ARS. Mike and Baldo have developed a software tool called the “Candidate Unigene Sorting Program” (CUSP), that compares the genes turned on in specific crop varieties and or growth stages. CUSP has been used to identify genes potentially responsible for berry color in grapes (Vitis vinifera). The results of this study will be used to suggest further laboratory efforts in gene identification responsible for berry color.