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FDA Veterinarian Newsletter September/October 1998 Volume XIII, No V

Stephanie McQuilkin, a student at Magruder High School, Derwood, Maryland, is the recipient of the Claudio Cavazza Science Award which enabled her to spend six weeks with the Division of Animal Feeds in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Sigma-tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., of Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a U.S. subsidiary of Italy’s leading research-based pharmaceutical company, sigma-tau S.p.A., and sponsored this award in collaboration with the FDA and the Montgomery County Public School System. Initiated in 1996, the award promotes science as a career and provides high school students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a scientific work setting.

Hoping for a future career in biotechnology, Stephanie received unique training in that field as a student at the Thomas Edison High School for Technology during the 1997-98 school year. During her term at CVM, Stephanie was responsible for a number of projects. She focused on researching genes implanted in plants to identify their functions and applications. She also assisted in developing a white paper on the growing standards of soybeans. This report will serve as a resource on soybean growth for agricultural groups throughout the world. Dr. William D. Price served as Stephanie’s mentor at CVM.

Also active in sports, Stephanie hopes to find time for track and soccer activities while pursuing her studies in biotechnology.