Undergraduate Celine Slam Receives Fulbright Award
Celine Slam has received a highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The flagship international educational exchange program is designed to build relationships between people in the U.S. and in other countries with the aim of solving global challenges. It is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. At the U, the Fulbright Program is directed by Prof. Howard Lehman and is sponsored by the Office for Global Engagement and the Graduate School.
Grant recipients are selected based on academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.
Celine Slam received a BS in Chemistry. She received a Fulbright Research award to conduct research in Cameroon. The title of her project is “Defining Parasite Genetic Factors Contributing to Asymptomatic Malaria.” Celine will identify asymptomatic cases, sequence the DNA and characterize the growth of parasites causing these asymptomatic infections to see genetic mutations, like drug-resistance mutations, are being carried by individuals with asymptomatic malaria. This study will establish if asymptomatic cases are a reservoir for drug-resistant parasites in Cameroon.