Courtney Crain Recognized for Excellence in Research

Courteney CrainCourteney Crain can now put another feather in her research cap! Ms. Crain is an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Nalini Santanam, Ph.D., professor within Marshall University’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. She recently has been nominated to join Sigma Xi, which is the scientific honor society for research scientists and engineers ( It is an honor for Courtney to be nominated, as membership is by nomination only.

Courtney began researching as a junior biology major in Dr. Santanam’s lab in May 2010. A few months from then she was encouraged to apply for the NASA Undergraduate Fellowship. She was awarded this fellowship, which included a stipend and supply money to help support her continued reseach. This fellowship fueled Courtney’s focus on research and she submitted an abstract for the upcoming Sigma Xi Symposium. Her poster title was “Obesity in Catalase Transgenic Mice”, which she presented at the symposium on April 29, 2011. Courtney was recognized for her research accomplishments, and nominated for Sigma Xi membership by Dr. Marcia Harrison-Pittaniello, Professor of Biological Sciences at Marshall University.

Courtney plans to continue her research as a senior at Marshall, and hopes to continue her education in medical school.

Congratulations to Courtney!