Susquehanna University student wins fellowship in microbiology

Each year, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in Washington, DC, awards students from small liberal arts colleges with Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Tiffany Becker, a biology major from Susquehanna University, was one of 13 recipients of the award, according to the school.

The fellowship is given to academically competitive students who wish to launch careers in microbiology. Recipients are given the opportunity to engage in full-time summer research at their school with ASM mentors. Fellows whose projects are accepted will present their research at the ASM general meeting.

Becker's project is titled "Characterization of thermophilic actinomycetes present in soils overlying the Centralia, Pennsylvania, mine fire."

"This project is a real honor for Tiffany, and I am very proud of her success," said Tammy Tobin, Becker's mentor. "Tiffany will be able to travel to this large [ASM] meeting with approximately 10,000 attendees from all over the world and present the results of her work to the very top folks in the discipline. She will get to attend talks and poster sessions that cover every field of microbiology, and meet a bunch of very talented peers."

Microbiologists investigate the growth and characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae or fungi, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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