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ASU Spotlight: Folasuyi Richardson

Author: Hazel Scott

Release Date: Sep 28, 2012

An Alabama State University senior biology/pre-health major, has brought home national honors in the field of science.

Folasuyi RichardsonFolasuyi Richardson, an ASU senior biology/pre-health major, is the 2012 Honorable Mention award recipient of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Her research, titled “Metagenomic Analysis of MC252 Oil and Amended Seawater Microcosms,” was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Peter A. Noble, Folasuyi’s mentor and associate professor of microbiology in ASU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

“It is very comforting to know that the work my partners and I did in Dr. Noble's laboratory is being recognized ... receiving the award motivates me to continue my work ethic and to get back in the lab,” Richardson said.

Noble, a nationally recognized expert in the biological ramifications of the 2010 BP Oil Spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, said the Undergraduate Research Fellowship is awarded to highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers in microbiology.

"The ASM will recognize all Honorable Mentions by printing their names with the list of awardees in ASM’s magazine, Microbe, and they also will be extended an invitation to participate in the ASM Education Board ListServ, as well as all ASM General Meeting activities in Denver, Colo.," Noble said.

The American Society for Microbiology is located in Washington, D.C., and is one of the oldest and largest biological membership organizations, with more than 40,000 members worldwide.

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