First Post-Bacc student at Auburn gains research experience in computational biology

Published: January 18, 2022

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Auburn University alumna Madison Watkins has been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation’s, or NSF, Research Experience for Post-Baccalaureate Students, giving her the opportunity to take her studies to the next level.

“I am excited for Madison Watkins to have this rare opportunity as a Post-Bacc since so many students missed out on a traditional research experience during the pandemic,” said Laurie Stevison. “This opportunity will help prepare her for graduate school working on computational analysis of DNA sequences.”

In response to the pandemic, the NSF Research Experience for Post-Baccalaureate Students, or REPS, provides support for up to 12 months through the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences, or BIO. Like many labs here on campus, the Stevison Lab closed during the summer of 2020 and is still playing catchup on this NSF-funded project. Watkins will provide critical help in completing this research project.

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Submitted by: Maria Gebhardt