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West Fargo's Lyons awarded APS Fellowship

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The American Physiological Society (APS) has announced that Mariaha J. Lyons of West Fargo, a student at the University of North Dakota Grand Forks, is one of 24 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellows. Her research host is Van A. Doze, Ph.D. at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, N.D.

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Fellowship winners spend the summer in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. Now in its 11th year, this program aims to excite and encourage students about careers in biomedical research. In 2010, 73 applicants vied for the 24 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 10-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, DC, 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.

The Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships program is sponsored by the APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee and funded by the APS Council. To set up an interview with one of the fellows or their research hosts or to find out more about APS and its educational and award program initiatives, contact Melinda Lowy, APS Higher Education Programs Coordinator (301-634-7787; mlowy@the-aps.org) or log onto www.the-aps.org/education/index.htm.

The American Physiological Society is a professional scientific membership organization devoted to fostering scientific research, education, and the dissemination of scientific information. The APS supports a variety of educational activities including programs and fellowships to encourage the development of young scientists at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a particular focus on women and underrepresented minorities. APS also supports refresher courses and teaching awards promoting continued excellence in education at the professional level.

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