ASM awards undergraduate teaching fellowship to Rowan student

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The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Patricia Bodak from Rowan University as a 2009 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship.

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Patricia Bodak from Rowan University as a 2009 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship.

This fellowship is aimed at highly motivated and competitive students who are interested in a career as an elementary or secondary school science teacher. Students will have the opportunity to develop a project to provide instruction in a scientific discipline in a local school or community setting in partnership with a mentor at their home institution and a teacher or site coordinator from the host site.

Each fellow receives up to a $2,000 stipend, a two-year ASM student membership, and travel support to the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE). Awardees also are encouraged to submit abstracts and applications to attend the 2009 ASMCUE.

This year, nine applications were received and four were awarded. Of the four awardees, three students were from master’s and doctoral institutions, and one student was from a liberal arts institution. Bodak, a senior biology / education major, is from Wanamassa, Monmouth County.

Dr. Cristina Iftode from Rowan University is Bodak’s faculty mentor, while Nicole Cerqueira from Salem County Vocational and Technical High School is the K-12 site mentor. The title of the project is: Greener than Kermit the Frog: A Quest for an Eco-Friendly Antibacterial Cleaner.

The ASM, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest and largest single biological membership organization, with more than 40,000 members worldwide. 

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