Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award

Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award

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About Leland S. McClung, Ph.D.

Professor Leland S. McClung, Ph.D., came to Indiana University in 1940, where he excelled as a professor, administrator, and researcher. McClung, who was internationally known for his research on anaerobic bacteria, created and then led for 25 years the Department of Bacteriology, which has now evolved into our microbiology program. In addition to building a model curriculum, McClung recruited prominent scientists for the department; the first faculty member he hired, Salvadore Luria, later became a Nobel Laureate.

According to Gary Sojka, former chair of Biology, “Professor McClung’s administrative talents were widely recognzied, appreciated, and sought after outside Indiana University.” Among his many esteemed positions, McClung was Vice President of the Society of Industrial Microbiology in 1958, President of the National Association for Biology Teachers in 1965, and the Archivist for the American Society for Microbiology. He also conducted numerous highly acclaimed summer institutes supported by the National Science Foundation that trained high school biology teachers in microbiology. Because of his experience running these institutes, the NSF later asked him to serve as a consultant to Taiwan and India. In 1980, he was awarded an honorary membership to the American Society of Microbiologists, one of the society’s highest distinctions.

2020 Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Scholar: Mary Slaughter

Mary Slaughter is a sophomore in Associate Professor Irene Newton's lab working on host-microbe interactions between Wolbachia and Drosophila melanogaster. Her research project involves identifying, analyzing, and exploring the effects of Wolbachia in Caribbean island flies.

The Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship will allow Mary to stay in Bloomington and conduct remote research. She will be working on a genomics project focused on the Wolbachia she discovered.

When not in class or the lab, Mary is heavily involved on campus as VP of Programming for Phi Delta Epsilon, VP of Advocacy for buildON, and VP of Service for Timmy Global Health. She is also an undergraduate teaching assistant for the IU ASURE program and is working on public health research.

About the Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award

The Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award was established by the late Leland S. McClung in 1989. The award assists a student conducting scientific laboratory research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Dr. McClung believed that independent research was crucial to the success of an undergraduate.

The Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award is open to undergraduate microbiology majors who are performing independent research on the Bloomington campus during the summer. First preference is given to students who have received the L.S. McClung Scholarship. Recipients are required to write a publishable manuscript that reports the results of their research.