SEBS senior Jeremy Schreier, a marine sciences major, was selected by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) as a 2013 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers in microbiology.
Schreier was one of just 37 fellows to be chosen from the 138 undergraduate student applicants this year. Of the fellows chosen, 16 are from research and doctoral granting universities and 21 are from undergraduate and master’s degree-granting institutions. Schreier is being mentored by Kay Bidle, associate professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, in a research project titled “Exploring a Possible Link Between Quorum Sensing and Caspase-Like Activity in the Halophilic Archaeon Haloferax volcanii.”
Each ASM Undergraduate Research Fellow receives up to a $4,000 stipend, a two-year ASM student membership and funding for travel expenses to the ASM Capstone Institute and 114th ASM General Meeting. Fellows will also have the opportunity to conduct full-time summer research at their institution with an ASM mentor and present their research results at the ASM General Meeting in Boston, MA, if their abstract is accepted.
The American Society for Microbiology, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the oldest and largest single biological membership organization, with over 37,000 members worldwide.