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Ethan Ludmir Awarded ASM Undergrad Fellowship

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Ethan Ludmir from Lynn Enquist's Lab  as a 2009 award recipient of the ASM Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship, formerly known as the ASM Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

This fellowship is aimed to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who wish to, and have demonstrated the ability to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct full time summer research at their home institution or at a host U.S. institution with an ASM mentor, and present their research results at the 2010 ASM General Meeting in San Diego, CA if their abstract is accepted.

Each fellow receives up to a $3,500 stipend, a two-year ASM student membership and reimbursement for travel expenses to the 2010 ASM General Meeting. Awardees are also encouraged to submit abstracts and applications for travel funds to attend the 2009 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

This year, thirty-six applications were received and ten were awarded. Of the ten awardees, six students were from research and doctoral institutions and four students were from masters' and liberal arts institutions.
 The title of the research is: Construction of a Novel Self-Excising Bacterial Artificial Chromosome of the Pseudorabies Virus Bartha Strain and Its Application as a Retrograde Tracer of Neural Circuitry.



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