Two student researchers earn NSF fellowships

Katherine Lester ('13) and Daniel Munro ('13) (Photo by Jonathan Reynolds)UNT's supportive learning environment produces some of the nation's top student researchers. Katherine Lester ('13) and Daniel Munro ('13) are among those who have earned prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships while attending UNT.

As an undergraduate geography major, Lester studied homelessness and the distribution of services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, identifying underserved areas with the help of Joseph Oppong, professor of geography. She will continue her research at UNT while earning a master's in geography and a Ph.D. in environmental science.

Munro, a graduate of UNT's Honors College, used computational methods to understand human microbiomes, or communities of bacteria, in relation to HIV infection, gum disease, diabetes and other medical conditions in the Bioinformatics Research Laboratory of Qunfeng Dong, assistant professor of biological sciences. Munro plans to continue his research while pursuing a Ph.D. in quantitative and computational biology at Princeton University.

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