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ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship Awardees

WASHINGTON, D.C.--9/20/2006--The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Wendy Liu and Julie Wu from Princeton University as 2006 award recipients of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D.) in microbiology. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct full time summer research at their institution with an ASM mentor and present their research results at the 2007 ASM General Meeting the following year if their abstract is accepted.

Each fellow receives up to a $4,000 stipend, a one-year ASM student membership and reimbursement for travel expenses to the 2007 ASM General Meeting.

This year, seventy-three applications were received and forty-three were awarded. Of the forty-three awardees, nineteen students were from doctoral/research universities-extensive institutions, nine students were from baccalaureate colleges-liberal arts institutions, eight students were from master’s colleges & universities I institutions, four students were from baccalaureate college-general institutions, two students were from doctoral/research university-intensive institutions, and one student was from a master’s college and university II institution.

Lynn Enquist from Princeton University is Wendy Liu’s mentor. The title of the research project is: A Microfluidic Culture Platform for studying Transneuronal Spread of Pseudorabies Virus.

Bonnie Bassler from Princeton University is Julie Wu’s mentor. The title of the research project is: Investigation into Quorum Sensing in Vibrio harveyi.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), headquartered in Washington, DC, is the oldest and largest single biological membership organization, with over 40,000 members worldwide. Please visit http://www.asm.org/Education/index.asp?bid=4319 for more information on this fellowship.

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