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South Dakota State University Human Biology Student Selected To Participate In Research Fellowship Program

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Human biology pre-med student Sydney Bormann has been selected as a ASM undergraduate research fellow.

Sydney Bormann, a junior human biology pre-med honors student with minors in chemistry and microbiology, has been selected to participate in the 2018 American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

As an ASM Undergraduate Research Fellow, Bormann must complete a minimum of 10 weeks of full-time employment working on her research project, prepare an abstract directly related to her project and include that abstract for submission to the ASM Microbe Meeting.

In addition, she must attend the 2019 ASM Microbe Academy for Professional Development prior to the ASM Microbe Meeting and further present her abstract and participate in activities at the meeting. 

“Sydney is a very motivated and hardworking student,” said Assistant Professor Joy Scaria. “Sydney has been working on this project since fall 2017. Preliminary results she produced during this time were key in convincing the ASM review panel about the feasibly of her project.”

The total value of this fellowship is $6,000, $4,000 of which comes straight from Scaria’s grant funds to support Bormann’s summer research for a minimum of 10 weeks. The remaining $2,000 is funded by ASM to send Bormann to the 2019 ASM Microbe Academy for Professional Development and the 2019 ASM Microbe Meeting.

Bormann has been working in Scaria’s lab in the SDSU veterinary and biomedical sciences department. Her project focuses on identifying bacterial species of the human gut that may prevent Salmonella infections as well as identifying species that are able to form biofilms, microbial communities that are resistant to antimicrobial treatments, within the gastrointestinal tract.

“Results from Sydney’s work are very positive and we expect her to have peer-reviewed manuscript from this project by fall 2018,” Scaria said.

Participating in the ASM fellowship program is an opportunity only given to elite young scientists who plan to pursue graduate careers in microbiology. More than 39,000 scientists and health professionals make up ASM, the largest single life science society. The society’s mission is to promote microbial sciences and work to advance them.