University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Gonzalez earns American Society of Microbiology Fellowship

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Tammy Gonzalez from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Tammy Gonzalez

Tammy Gonzalez

as a 2013 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.

The goal of the capstone program is to "fulfill the later stages of undergraduate professional development" for underrepresented minority students. This program seeks to enhance the presentation skills of students after their research experiences. The ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program focuses on enhancing presentation and networking skills, and provides students with resources to transition to disciplinary scientific meetings.

Capstone awardees demonstrate superior research project involvement and knowledge, commitment to research, and academic achievement. Each awardee received up to $1,500 in travel support to the ASM Capstone Institute and 113th ASM General Meeting (if their abstract was accepted) and a two-year ASM student membership.

This year, 32 applications were received and 18 were awarded. Of the 18 awardees, eight students are from research and doctoral granting universities and 10 students are from undergraduate and master's degree granting institutions.

Catherine Brissette, an assistant professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is Gonzalez's mentor. The title of Gonzalez's research project is "Characterization of Escherichia coli Lpp as a Plasminogen-Binding Protein."

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the world's largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. Please visit for more information on this fellowship.

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777.2733,

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