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Catawba Student Tapped as Undergrad Scientist at NC Biotech Center

May 19, 2009

Category: Academics, Biology, Chemistry, Students


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Undergraduates at 15 North Carolina schools have won competitive grants for life-science research.

The Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award program was unveiled this year by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. It brings to 19 the number of grant and loan programs administered by the Center to support education, research, commercialization and company development.

The 15 undergraduate awards will fund collaborative projects that match faculty mentors with science and engineering majors, enabling students across the state to gain real-world research experience. For some awardees, the project represents a first glimpse at biotechnology careers.

"It is vital to introduce talented students to biotechnology research early in their college education," said Kathleen Kennedy, vice president for education and training at the Biotechnology Center. "This gives them a critical edge in preparing for enriching and successful careers in academia or industry."

Winning students hail from colleges and universities across the state, from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee to the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Their projects focus on topics as varied as protecting marine resources, improving cancer treatments and conserving native hemlock forests.

Nathan GriffinDuring the one-year grant period, student fellows will devote more than 400 hours to their research. They are required to present their work in a seminar, delivered at their institution, and in a paper or poster at a scientific conference. Students will also attend at least one regional or state meeting on the business of biotechnology.

Award recipients include:

Catawba College
Nathaniel Griffin
, mentored by Alyssa Gulledge in Steven Zeisel’s lab at the North Carolina Research Campus. Project title: DHA and Brain Development in Fetal Mice 




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