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APS Contact: Melinda Lowy

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APS Awards $72,800 to Its 2014 STRIDE Undergraduate Research Fellows

14 Fellows in the 2014 Cohort

May 6, 2014 — BETHESDA, MD — The American Physiological Society (APS) is pleased to announce its 2014 Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) Fellows. Fellowship winners spend the summer in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. The STRIDE program recruits undergraduate students nationwide from disadvantaged backgrounds, from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and students with disabilities to work with APS member-researchers in the fields of cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, and sleep disorders research.

Participants are selected based on academic merit, the quality of the proposed experience, and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors. Each Fellow receives a $4,000 stipend during the 10-week fellowship and an additional $1,200 in travel funds to present his or her research at the Experimental Biology 2015 meeting in Boston, which is expected to attract nearly 14,000 attendees. Research hosts receive $500 for student lab supplies.

STRIDE Fellows will participate in hands-on research and learn to develop a hypothesis, design and troubleshoot experiments, collect and analyze data, and write and present results. In addition, Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • network with other undergraduates interested in biomedical research,
  • explore the nature of research and the scientific process,
  • investigate career options and what it takes to find career success, and
  • post their career questions to members of the APS Porter Physiology Development and Minority Affairs Committee and Advisory Board.

2014 STRIDE Fellows:
APS member-hosts are listed under each Fellow’s name)

Angela Glean Kansas State University
David C. Poole, PhD Kansas State University

Gwendolyn Gonzalez University of California, Riverside
Margarita C. Curras-Collazo, PhD University of California, Riverside

Roberto Gutierrez University of California, Riverside
Margarita C. Curras-Collazo, PhD University of California, Riverside

Leyla Javadova University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Nelson Escobales, PhD University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Gurjit Kaur Millsaps College
Malikarjuna R. Pabbidi, DVM, PhD University of Mississippi Medical Center

Brittney McCormick University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
Taben Mary Hale, PhD University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

Alayna Robinson Xavier University of Louisiana
Xiaonan Wang, PhD Emory University

Anthony Sainz University of Utah
Lisa Joss-Moore, PhD University of Utah

Denisha Spires University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jan M. Williams, PhD University of Mississippi Medical Center

Juliana Sucharov-Costa University of Colorado, Boulder
Brian Stauffer, MD University of Colorado School of Medicine

Phi Trac Emory University
My Helms, PhD Emory University

Gavin Washington West Virginia University
Mark Olfert, PhD West Virginia University

Tracylyn Yellowhair University Of New Mexico
Nikki Jernigan, PhD University Of New Mexico

Ramsan Younatham University of Iowa
Gary Pierce, PhD University of Iowa

*The STRIDE program is supported by the APS and a grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NHLBI; 1 R25 HL115473-01).

To set up an interview with one of the Fellows or a research host or to find out more about APS and its educational and award program initiatives, contact Brooke Bruthers, APS Senior Program Manager, Diversity Programs (301-634-7226;, or Melinda Lowy, APS Senior Program Manager, Higher Education Programs Coordinator (301-634-7787;, or log onto


The American Physiological Society is a professional scientific membership organization devoted to fostering scientific research, education and the dissemination of scientific information. The APS supports a variety of educational activities, including programs and fellowships to encourage the development of young scientists at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a particular focus on women and underrepresented minorities. APS also supports refresher courses and teaching awards promoting continued excellence in education at the professional level. In May 2004, APS won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

Founded in 1887, the Society’s membership includes more than 11,000 professionals in science and medicine.

Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function in health and disease. Established in 1887, the American Physiological Society (APS) was the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences field. The Society represents more than 10,500 members and publishes 15 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.



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