10/15/ 2015

Washington DC – October 9, 2015 — The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Jennifer Gil Acevedo from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus as a 2015 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.

The goal of the capstone program is to “fulfill the later stages of undergraduate professional development” for underrepresented minority students (URM). This program seeks to enhance the presentation skills of students after their research experiences. The ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program (UR-Capstone) focuses on enhancing presentations and networking skills, and provides students with resources to transition to disciplinary scientific meetings.

Capstone awardees demonstrate superior research project involvement and knowledge, commitment to research, and academic achievement. Each awardee received up to a $1,500 travel support to the ASM Research Capstone Institute and ASM General Meeting (if their abstract was accepted) and two-year ASM student membership.

This year, twenty-nine applications were received and sixteen were awarded. Of the sixteen awardees, nine students are from research and doctoral granting universities and seven students are from undergraduate and masters’ granting institutions.

Dr. Javier Avalos from the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus is Jennifer Gil Acevedo’s mentor. The title of the research project is: Electroporation and it's effects in population growth curves and bacterial inhibition in the GQD with Silver.

The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 39,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.

ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.

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