Undergraduate Students in ACBS Microbiology Labs Receive Research Awards

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Aaron Brussels is the recipient of the American Gastroenterological Association’s (AGA) Eli and Edyth Broad Student Research Fellowship. This award includes a cash stipend in the amount of $2,500 as well as an invitation to submit an abstract for Digestive Disease Week 2016, a national conference that will be hosted in San Diego, CA.  The award will allow Brussels to focus his efforts on a period of intensive research during Summer 2015.  Brussels is currently a junior anticipating graduating with a BS in Physiology.  His plans then include going on to medical school to pursue an MD/MPH dual degree.

About receiving this award Brussels says “I am honored to accept the AGA-Eli and Edyth Broad Undergraduate Research Fellowship. I am also excited to extend my research under Drs. V.K. Viswanathan and Gayatri Vedantam through the summer as I enter my senior year at the University of Arizona.”

In addition to the AGA award, Brussels has also been awarded the University of Arizona Honors College Undergraduate Research Grant and the merit-based Jodie Wynn-Oden Scholarship from the University of Arizona’s Sigma Alpha Pi chapter of Mortar Board senior honor society.  The UA Honors College grant will assist in funding the cost of attending and presenting research at Digestive Disease Week 2016.

Chelsea Adamson has received the 2015 AGA Student Abstract Prize from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) for her abstract “Role of SigL (σ54) in the regulation of Clostridium difficile gene expression and growth” authored by Chelsea C. Adamson, Andrew E. Clark, Bryan P. Roxas, VK Viswanathan, and Gayatri Vedantam.  As a recipient of this award Adamson will receive a $500 travel award to be used towards travel expenses to attend Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2015 in Washington, DC. She will be presented with a certificate at a Research Recognition Ceremony during Digestive Disease Week.

About receiving this award, Adamson says “I feel truly honored to receive this award – to be recognized for my work by an organization which supports such extraordinary research is one of the most encouraging motivations I’ve received to keep following my passion for microbiological research.”

In April 2014, Adamson was awarded an Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowship from the American Gastroenterological Association.  Winning this award made her eligible to submit her abstract to Digestive Disease Week 2015 for review.

Adamson is currently a senior, pursuing her BS in Microbiology.  After graduation, she will continue her studies of C. difficile, while pursuing a Master of Science in Microbiology under the mentorship of Drs. Gayatri Vedantam and V.K. Viswanathan.

Adamson goes on to encourage others to follow their passions by stating “I was terrified to take a chance and pursue a position in a research lab, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Ignore the nerves, and take the leap.”