Albany State University students to participate in UCLA Summer Program

Two of Albany State University's (ASU) honor students have been selected to participate in the Evolutionary Medicine Research Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The two-month program is set to begin in June.

Talyia Griffin, a senior biology major, and Bevin Glanton, a senior forensic science major, will conduct research with UCLA professors. The program is all-inclusive and will provide a stipend for each participant. Bevin and Glanton

“I am really looking forward to investigating the mechanisms behind bacterial resistance with antibiotics. Of course, as a person uses antibiotics, bacteria has the potential to become resistant, but I would like to have a deeper understanding of how that process occurs and if there are other factors that can contribute to antibiotic resistance,” said Griffin.

Griffin has maintained a 4.0 GPA, received first place in the ASU Undergraduate Research Symposium, was previously accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Summer Research Program and the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Conference, and she is a Thurgood Marshall Coca-Cola/Walmart Mentor. She has served as the President for the Velma Fudge Grant Honors Program and the Anime and Geek Organization.

“I chose ASU because the University has an environment where a student can receive unique perspectives on their career goals and be more than just a number. The faculty here are truly invested in the individual success of the students, and I value the culture that is found on campus,” added Griffin.

Glanton is a Zell-Miller Scholar, and he has participated in the University of California Irvine Accelerating Careers in Engineering and Science (ACES) Summer Internship program, and the ASU Undergraduate Research Symposium. He is a member of the Velma Fudge Grant Honors Program, the Forensic Science Club, and the National Beta Club.

“I chose ASU because we have one of the best accredited Forensic Science programs in the state of Georgia. I look forward to spending my summer at UCLA to broaden my knowledge about biology research and acquire many lab skills and techniques,” said Glanton.  

As a result of their participation, both students will receive a full-ride scholarship for the master’s and Ph.D. programs at UCLA, or any of the nine University of California institutions and a yearly stipend.

“I am extremely proud of both students, and I am confident that Dr. Yeh, the director of the UCLA program, will be impressed with the students’ intellect and research skills,” said Director of the Velma Fudge Grant Honors Program, Dr. Florence Lyons.

Lyons initiated the partnership between ASU and the UCLA Evolutionary Medicine Research Program to increase the number of research opportunities for ASU students.