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Lycoming College senior Jordan Krebs was a 2012 award recipient of the American Society for Microbiology's (ASM) Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.
Krebs, a biology and chemistry double major from Roaring Spring, Pa., was one of only seven students to receive the award, and was the only student from a baccalaureate college selected. Of the other recipients, three were from doctoral/research universities, two were from a master's college and university institutions and one student was from an associates/public rural serving institution.
Awardees receive up to $1,500 toward travel to the ASM Presentation Institute and 112th ASM General Meeting, as well as a two-year ASM student membership.
Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was Krebs' mentor. His research project is titled "Assessment of Bacillus horneckiae Spore Survival under Simulated Space ISS Conditions."
The Undergraduate Research Capstone Program is designed to help students develop professionalism for underrepresented minority students. The undergraduate capstone program focuses on enhancing presentation and networking skills, as well as helping students to transition to disciplinary scientific meetings.
The ASM, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest and largest single biological membership organization, with more than 40,000 members worldwide.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.