Congratulations to Danielle Vermilyea, a University of Florida College of Dentistry pre-doctoral student in the laboratory of Mary Ellen Davey, Ph.D., who was one of 22 students nationally to be awarded a Student Travel Grant from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
The award of $500 supported the cost of Vermilyea’s attendance at the 7th American Society for Microbiology Conference on Biofilms in Chicago, Illinois, in October 2015. During the conference she participated in a two-day poster session with her research project, Molecular Mechanisms Involved in L-Arginine Signaling in Porphyromonas gingivalis, in collaboration with Davey and Carla Cugini, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, New Jersey.
The highly-competitive ASM Student Travel Grant Awards are awarded based on the scientific quality of the submitted abstract; only 25-30 percent of applicants receive an award.
The mission for ASM conferences is to identify emerging or underrepresented topics of broad scientific significance; facilitate interactive exchange in meetings of 100 to 500 people; encourage student and postdoctoral participation; recruit new membership from disciplines not already involved in ASM; and to foster interdisciplinary and international exchange and collaboration with
other scientific organizations.