Megan Horn, a University of Washington microbiology department undergraduate and student in the Basic Sciences Division, is the recipient of a $7,000 award from the Jacques M. Chiller Endowed Student Scholarship Fund. She also received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research internship for her work in the Linial Lab.
Established in 1999 on behalf of the family of Dr. Jacques M. Chiller, each year the award is granted to a student majoring in microbiology, at the end of their junior year, to help defray senior-year education expenses. An important criterion for selection is academic merit. The department encourages students from diverse backgrounds to apply.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute research internship program gives undergraduates the opportunity to experience hands-on research in a laboratory setting or to develop a project that matches their interests.
Horn's yearlong internship — a continuation of her work in the Linial Lab — includes working full time during the summer as well as part time during the school year. She will be looking at the regulation of viral RNA that is responsible for encoding viral enzymes in foamy virus.
At the end of the year, Horn will prepare a poster and present her research at the HHMI-sponsored undergraduate symposium. HHMI makes a special effort to attract women and people underrepresented in the sciences to apply for these jobs.