Tammi Duncan Awarded ASM's 2013–2016 Watkins Minority Graduate Research Fellowship
Tammi Duncan, a Ph.D. student in UNM Department of Biology was awarded the 2013-2016 Robert D. Watkins Minority Graduate Research Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship sponsored by American Society for Microbiology (ASM). This ASM Fellowship is awarded to Ph.D. students based on academic achievement, a developed research plan, relevant career goals in microbiological sciences, and involvement in activities that serve the needs of under-represented minorities. The recipients receive stipend support for three years as well as travel funds for ASM General Meetings and career development meetings. Ms. Duncan is investigating the production of siderophore compounds by cave bacteria to scavenge iron and manganese for life processes in these low nutrient environments. Her faculty advisors are Dr. Margaret Werner-Washburne, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Diana Northup, Visiting Associate Professor of Biology.