Here's a nice story from the Rider News, the student newspaper of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, on how the American Society for Microbiology supports undergraduate research.
"The research of two senior biology majors may have an effect on the medicines of the future, and they have the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) to thank for the opportunity.
Seniors Daniel Graham and Megan Kozlowski applied for and were awarded Undergraduate Research Fellowships by ASM last spring and spent their summers at Rider conducting their research, using a $5,000 stipend to support it. Only 10 to 15 percent of applicants receive the grants."
The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM General Meeting the following year.
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