Student Receives Fellowship for Physiological Research

May 20, 2010

Stephanie Eldred, a Kinesiology student, is the recipient of a 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowship through the American Physiological Society. She is one of only twenty-four students across the country to receive this honor, and she will be working under the supervision of Dr. Donna Korzick, associate professor of physiology and kinesiology, studying the link between estrogen levels and heart disease in older women.

Fellowship winners spend the summer in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. Now in its eleventh year, the program aims to excite and encourage students about careers in biomedical research. In 2010, seventy-three applicants vied for the twenty-four research positions.

Selection of participants was based upon academic merit, the perceived quality of the proposed experience, and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors. Special consideration was given to applicants whose socioeconomic background, access to educational opportunities, and other life experiences suggest that they would especially benefit from this type of program.

Each fellow receives a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses during the ten-week fellowship. Fellows also will receive an additional $1,300 in travel funds to present their research at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting in Washington, D.C., which is expected to attract nearly 14,000 scientists.

During the program, each Fellow will participate in hands-on research experience in the lab of an established investigator learning to develop a hypothesis, design and troubleshoot experiments, collect and analyze data, write up and present results. They will have opportunities to network with other undergraduates interested in biomedical research, to explore the nature of research and how scientists think about their specific question, to explore career options and what it takes to be successful in those careers, and have their career questions answered by members of the Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee.

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