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The Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award
About the Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award
The Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award was established by the late Leland S. McClung in 1989. The award assists a student conducting scientific laboratory research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Dr. McClung believed that independent research was crucial to the success of an undergraduate.
The Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award is open to undergraduate microbiology majors who are performing independent research on the Bloomington campus during the summer. First preference is given to students who have received the L.S. McClung Scholarship. Recipients are required to write a publishable manuscript that reports the results of their research.
Seth Staller, 2013 Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Scholar
Seth is a member of Malcolm Winkler’s lab, where he conducts research on cell-division in Streptococcus pneumoniae. He studies proteins involved in pneumococcal cell division. Seth plans to earn a Ph.D. in Microbiology and enter academia where he wants to continue his research and to teach. This is the second year that he has received this award.
Melanie Stamper, 2013 Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Scholar
Melanie Stamper is a member of Armin Moczek’s lab. Her summer research project will investigate the functional significance of the gut microbiome of the horned beetle, Onthophagus taurus. Her goal is to run a research lab that studies pathogenic bacteria while teaching others about the importance of the microbial world.