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Lycoming College senior K.C. Failor of Mechanicsburg, Pa., has been awarded a 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
Failor, a double major in archaeology and cellular/molecular biology, is one of 41 awardees from 81 applications. His research project is titled "Use of Mutilocus Sequence Typing on Novel Bacteria." He is mentored by Dr. Jeffrey Newman, an assistant professor of biology at Lycoming.
This fellowship is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers in microbiology. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct full-time summer research at their institution with an ASM mentor and present their research results at the 111th ASM General Meeting in New Orleans, if their abstract is accepted. Each fellow receives up to a $4,000 stipend, a two-year ASM student membership and reimbursement for travel expenses to the general meeting.
A graduate of Mechanicsburg Area High School, Failor is the son of Marilyn '70 and Donald Failor '68.