Marian University's Ann Wenzel receives American Society for Microbiology award

FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Ann Wenzel, of Fond du Lac and a junior biology major at Marian University, has been awarded the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis for research proposals submitted for review by experts in the field and is
geared toward students who wish to pursue graduate careers in microbiology. Award recipients are able to conduct full time summer research at their institution with an ASM mentor, and, if their abstract is accepted, present their research results at the 2011 ASM general meeting.

Dr. Susan Bornstein-Forst, Marian professor of Biology and an ASM mentor since 2004, will serve as Wenzel's mentor as she researches the survivorship of E. coli in farm compost. Wenzel's study addresses public health concerns regarding pathogenic bacterial contamination of compost used as fertilizer for produce.

Wenzel will receive a $4500 stipend, a two-year student membership to the ASM and reimbursement for travel expenses to the 2011 ASM General meeting from this fellowship.

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