Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-03-26

Ashley Spann, a Samford University junior biology major from Douglasville, Ga., has received a prestigious United Negro College Fund-Merck Undergraduate science research scholarship award valued at $35,000.

Spann is one of 15 students nationwide to receive the competitive award, which includes a $25,000 scholarship and two summer internships valued at $5,000 each. In addition, the Samford biology department will receive up to $10,000 to purchase equipment, supplies and to support scholarships for other students n the department.

As a UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Fellow, Spann will attend a “Fellows Day” in June at Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center n Blue Bell, Penn. During three-month summer research internships in 2010 and 2011, she will be mentored by a Merck scientist at one of three Merck research facilities in the northeast.

UNCF-Merck Fellows are selected on the basis of grade point average, demonstrated interest in their own scientific education and a career in scientific research, and their ability to perform in a laboratory environment.

Spann, a dean’s list student, is a member of Beta Beta Beta biology honor society and Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honor society. During the summer of 2009, she was a student cancer researcher at Vanderbilt University.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.