Biology Senior Wins Competitive Fellowship

Senior biology major Joyce Valencia has been awarded a highly competitive Summer Research Fellowship from the Endocrine Society.

“This is an exceptional accomplishment, as the summer research fellowship rate of acceptance is about nine percent,” said Dr. Mohammed El Majdoubi, assistant professor of biology at Dominican.

Dr. Majdoubi is Valencia’s faculty mentor on an undergraduate research project involving the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells into skeletal muscle cells.

Of the 224 eligible applications received for the Summer Research Fellowship, the committee presented 20 awards to those applicants who received the highest average scores.  Each application was scored by three reviewers.  When scoring the applications, the reviewers took into consideration 1) the quality of the research project, 2) the training experience and the role in which the student will play in the project, 3) the student’s academic qualifications, 4) the student’s prospective career in endocrinology, and 5) the training and mentoring environment.

The Endocrine Society offers Summer Research Fellowships to encourage promising undergraduate students, medical students and first-year graduate school students to pursue careers in endocrinology. The Society provides a stipend of $4,000 to each student award recipient to participate in research projects under the guidance of a Society member for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer.