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Released: 04/16/2004

LSU Alexandria sophomore Sam Franks of Pineville has been selected to participate in a summer research fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His parents are Pamela and Clyde Eugene Franks. Franks is a biology major with a 3.7 grade point average who also works as a science tutor on campus.

Franks was chosen from approximately 105 applicants to participate in one of fifteen research projects from a variety of fields. In the application process, Franks selected signal transduction and gene regulation as his first project choice. He also had to discuss his future plans in the profession or his graduate education and how this experience would contribute to his career goal. Franks was recommended for the fellowship by two LSU Alexandria biology professors. He credits the LSU Alexandria science faculty with guiding him into a career in biology.

Franks is looking forward to the opportunity to learn how to properly conduct research. “I initially planned to get an associate degree in nursing, but I became intrigued with biology after completing several science courses,” said Franks. “I think this experience will allow me to learn the desired skills that are necessary for my career goals.” Franks is pursuing his bachelor in biology at LSU Alexandria and plans to ultimately obtain a doctorate in the field.

The fellowship is a 10-week program designed to expose undergraduates to an engaging research environment and, encourage them to consider the possibilities of graduate level research. Franks will live on campus and receive a stipend while interacting with his peers and gaining hands on experience in graduate level research...