Eberly College of Science 2009 Co-op Student of the Year

October 07, 2009

Eberly College of Science 2009 Co-op Student of the Year

Jason Goodman, a microbiology major from Philadelphia, Pa., has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Co-op Student of the Year Award, sponsored by the Eberly College of Science at Penn State. The award is given annually to a participant in the Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program in recognition of the student's academic achievements and contributions to employers, the University, the community, and the field of cooperative education.

Goodman was nominated by Jeffrey Smith of Merck and Co., Inc. He was a co-op student in basic vaccine research, which focuses on development of novel vaccines for microbial pathogens. Among his many projects, he compared three methods of guaging chlamydial infection in cells: the "gold-standard" manual-flourescent-inclusion-counting method, in which cells are counted by sight with the use of a microscope; the recently published qPCR assay method that counts DNA;  and an experimental instrument-evaluation method that he developed, which combines the reliability of counting with the speed and objectivity of a machine. Goodman was able to show that detection with both fresh and frozen samples provided consistent results, and that all three analytical methods produced similar data.

Goodman also completed a co-op rotation with GlaxoSmithKline's Histopathology Department, during which he supported the company's drug-discovery program for cardiovascular, oncological, and immunological disorders.

Goodman will graduate in December, and is seeking a full-time position in the pharmaceutical industry. Information about the Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program is on the Web at http://cie.science.psu.edu/

  • Jason Goodman, winner of the Penn State Eberly College of Science 2009 Co-op Student of the Year Award.

    IMAGE: Penn State
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