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The Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award

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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.


Jennifer Gliessman, 2015 Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Scholar

Jennifer Gliessman
Jennifer Gliessman. Courtesy photo.

Jennifer Gliessman is a recipient of the 2015 Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Program Award. The award will enable her to conduct full-time independent research in Assistant Professor Jake McKinlay’s lab, where she is a key player in a large project that focuses on the evolution of a cooperative relationship between a photoheterotrophic bacterium and a fermentative bacterium. This summer Jennifer will focus on her own project, examining the effects of light on the stability and species ratios in a bacterial co-culture. She is also a recipient of the 2015 L. S. McClung Scholarship.


John Ryan, 2015 Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Scholar

John RyanJack Ryan at Biology’s Student Award Ceremony. Photo by Terri Greene.

John “Jack” Ryan is a recipient of the Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Program Award. The award enables him to spend the summer of 2015 engaged in full-time independent research. Jack works in Professor Malcolm Winkler’s lab, conducting research on the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. He is a past recipient of a Hutton Honors College Research Partnership Grant which helped fund his research efforts. This summer, Jack will also serve as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Professor Emeritus George Malacinski’s Intensive Freshman Seminar, titled “The Trouble with Medical Miracles.” He is also a recipient of the 2015 McClung Scholarship.


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