Bell receives $25,000 UNCF Merck Undergraduate Fellowship Award
Kesha Williams June 04, 2013
Akeadra Bell, a junior from Elizabeth City, NC, majoring in chemistry at Elizabeth
City State University, is the recipient of a $25,000 UNCF Merck Undergraduate Fellowship
Award. Each year, 15 applicants are selected, nationally, based on their GPA, their
demonstrated interest in their own scientific education and a career in scientific
research or engineering, and their ability to perform in a laboratory or engineering
environment. Bell has a 4.0 grade point average.
Bell applied for the fellowship which covers tuition and fees for an upcoming semester.
The fellowship provides the ECSU Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics up to
$10,000 for research initiatives. Each UNCF Merck Undergraduate Fellow is paired
with a mentor/s and becomes eligible for an internship at a Merck facility. Those
internships are awarded to the top five recipients among their 15 candidates. Bell
is one of them and she is scheduled to complete an internship at the Merck Biomedical
Research Laboratory in New Jersey over the summer.