Student receives fellowship to conduct physiological research

Stephanie Eldred, a kinesiology student, is the recipient of a 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowship through the American Physiological Society. She is one of only 24 students across the country to receive this honor, and she will be working under the supervision of Donna Korzick, associate professor of physiology and kinesiology, studying the link between estrogen levels and heart disease in older women.

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

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 annual "Experimental Biology" meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2011, 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.

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Last Updated June 01, 2010