Madelyn Crawford, a senior in microbiology, has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
The fellowship, awarded to highly competitive students wishing to pursue graduate careers in microbiology, will allow Crawford to conduct full-time summer research with an ASM mentor and present her research results at the annual ASM General Meeting. She will receive up to a $4,000 stipend, a two-year ASM student membership, and funding for travel expenses to the ASM Presentation Institute and ASM General Meeting.
Crawford is a Haslam Scholar mentored by Jeffrey Becker, professor and head of the Microbiology department. Her research project, “Transcriptomic profiling of a fungal pathogen,” examines the classification of disease-causing fungi based on RNA molecules.
She also serves as managing editor for science and engineering for Pursuit – The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee.