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For Immediate Release
January 24, 2017

IPFW Student Awarded Undergraduate Research Fellowship

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Janine Bennett from Indiana–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as a 2016 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her research project, "The role of scytonemin in the adaptation to oxidative stress in cyanobacteria."

“I was very excited that Janine received this fellowship," said Tanya Soule, assistant professor of biology and Bennett's advisor. "It was a great opportunity for her engage in a real research project that she could call her own. We are both looking forward to going to the ASM Microbe conference this summer for her to present her results to the broader scientific community.”

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 home institution with an ASM mentor and present their research results at the 2017 ASM Microbe Meeting (formerly known as the ASM General Meeting) in New Orleans, La., if their abstract is accepted. Each fellow receives up to a $4,000 stipend and funding for travel expenses to the Microbe Academy for Professional Development and ASM Microbe Meeting.

This year, 85 applications were received and 42 were awarded. Of the 42 recipients, 30 are from research and doctoral granting universities and 12 students, including Bennett, are from undergraduate and master's granting institutions.

The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 48,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources, as well as provides a network for scientists in academia, industry, and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.

Please visit the ASM website for more information on the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

For more information, contact Tanya Soule, assistant professor of biology, at 260-481-0229 or