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Minnesota State Mankato Junior Awarded International Fellowship

Abrar Zawed was recently awarded a RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) Fellowship

2014-03-10


Minnesota State junior Abrar Zawed was recently awarded a RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) Fellowship to the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany, which is a suburb of Munich. The program is sponsored by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), which offers undergraduate students the chance to work with research groups at universities and institutions across Germany.


Zawed, a student in the Honors Program and a Biomedical Sciences major with a minor in Chemistry, is one of 300 undergraduates to receive the award. Over 2,200 students from the United States, Canada and the UK applied. A stipend from DAAD covers interns’ living expenses.


Zawed will spend 12 weeks in Germany assisting the doctoral research of Neysan Donnelly. Zawed’s research will study the effects of chromosome abnormalities on human cells. “ I would like to thank MSU Honors Program and Office of University Fellowships for their support and encouragement. This research experience will motivate me to come up with new ideas regarding my ongoing research and help me to achieve my academic goals in future,” says Zawed.


Zawed has participated in undergraduate research at Minnesota State Mankato under the supervision of Dr. David Sharlin. “Abrar has played an integral part in lab's desire to develop new molecular tools for investigating the role of thyroid hormone action in auditory system development. His project has provided the opportunity for him to develop modern molecular biology skills that will serve him in his future research career. It is great knowing that his hard work was acknowledged with being awarded this prestigious fellowship,” says Sharlin. Zawed will present research in April at both the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Kentucky and the Undergraduate Research Symposium at Minnesota State Mankato.


For more information on the Office of University Fellowships at Minnesota State Mankato, see www.mnsu.edu/fellowships.
For more information on the Honors Program at Minnesota State Mankato, see www.mnsu.edu/honors.
For more information on the Department of Biological Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato, see Biological Sciences .

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