TU student awarded American Society for Microbiology research fellowship

Samantha Semenkow
Samantha Semenkow

TOWSON, Md. (November 4, 2009) - The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Samantha Semenkow from Towson University as a 2009 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) 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 2010 ASM General Meeting in San Diego, Ca., 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 2010 ASM General Meeting. This year, 69 applications were received and 33 were awarded. Of the 33 awardees, 12 students were from doctoral/research universities - extensive institutions, four students were from doctoral/research universities - intensive institutions, one student was from a specialized institution - schools of engineering and technology, eight student were from a master’s college and university institutions, and eight students were from baccalaureate colleges.

Dr. Barry Margulies from Towson University is Samantha Semenkow’s mentor. The title of the research project is: A Veterinary Use for Subcutaneous Implants to Treat FHV-1.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest and largest single biological membership organization, with over 40,000 members worldwide. Please visit for more information on this fellowship.

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