Grossman Receives ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Washington, D.C. (September 2010) — The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Lisa Grossman, an undergraduate student in chemistry at Duke University, as a 2010 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (PhD or MD/PhD) 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 111th ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, LA, if their abstract is accepted.

Each fellow receives up to a $4,000 stipend, a two-year ASM student membership and reimbursement for travel expenses to the 111th ASM General Meeting.

This year, eighty-one applications were received and forty-one were awarded. Of the forty-one awardees, twenty students were from doctoral/research universities—extensive institutions, one student was from doctoral/research universities—intensive institutions, seven students were from a master’s college and university institutions, and thirteen students were from baccalaureate colleges.

Dr. Micah Luftig, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Deputy Director of the Center for Virology from Duke University Medical Center, is Lisa Grossman’s mentor.  The title of the research project is: Investigating the Role of CD226 (DNAM-1) During Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Mediated Initial B-Cell Proliferation and B-Cell Outgrowth Into Lymphoblastoid Cell Lines.

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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/students  for more information on this fellowship.