Apr 27, 2021 | Lauren Perkins The American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) is a society of biomedical scientists who investigate mechanisms of disease. Their mission is to promote the discovery, advancement, and dissemination of basic and translational knowledge in experimental pathology and related disciplines. This shall be achieved by fostering investigation into the pathogenesis, classification, diagnosis, and manifestations of disease through meetings, publications, and educational activities. The faculty and staff of this university are interested in your success. I'm not necessarily first generation college, but I was clueless in regards to pursuing research or a scientific field until I arrived at UAH. Several professors over the last few years have helped me to get to where I am today, and they'll be happy to do the same for you. Evann Fowler and Luis Mercado, Biological Sciences majors at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), received ASIP Trainee Scholar Awards for 2021. "Recently, while submitting an abstract to the 2021 Experimental Biology conference, I applied for the award with ASIP. They reviewed my submission and to my joy I got it," exclaimed Mercado. Mercado received the Gotlieb Undergraduate Student in Pathobiology Travel Award, established in 2013 to support an undergraduate student with a travel award to attend the ASIP Annual Meeting. Fowler received the Trainee Scholar Award, established to promote the entry of young scientists into the mainstream of the basic/translational/clinical science community and to encourage the participation of young investigative pathologists in ASIP events. Mercado and Fowler both shared that support from Dr. Love-Rutledge and other students in her lab have been invaluable. When asked what courses have helped most prepare them to work in the medical field, Mercado share that "Anatomy and Physiology with Dr. Lawan and Biochem with Dr. Cruz-Vera also come to mind." He plans to be a researcher and a clinician. "I think the science coursework at UAH does a good job of preparing students to get started as researchers. Just to name a couple of examples, I did basic statistical hypothesis testing as part of Dr. Kendall's Organismal Biology course freshman year, and I got to run a Polymerase Chain Reaction as a sophomore in Dr. Cruz-Vera's genetics lab," Fowler shared. He plans to attend medical school to become a physician.