Mary Catherine Anderson, a 2014 Honors College and Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology (CMB) graduate of Auburn University, has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship that will be applied towards her first year of graduate study at Cambridge University.
Among her many awards and achievements, Anderson was the recipient of the 2014 Women of Distinction Undergraduate Student Leadership Award; the 2014 Comer Medal (Biological Sciences) in the College of Sciences and Mathematics; and was a 2014 finalist for the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship.
Anderson participated in Vanderbilt University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Pharmacology where she researched neuregulin modulation of NMDA receptors and various signaling pathways in adult rat cardiac muscle cells. Neuregulin is a protein that has been shown to have diverse functions in the development of the nervous system and play multiple essential roles including cardiac development. Anderson’s research will be used as a model for the proteins’ effect on the adult human cardiac muscle cell.
Outside of the classroom and lab, Anderson volunteers at Magnolia Place Assisted Living Home where she performs monthly musical ensembles, and assists with Bonaparte’s Retreat, an animal rescue in Nashville, Tennessee.
Anderson will attend Cambridge University in the fall where she will pursue a master in philosophy in biological anthropology.
Each year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards. Mary-Catherine follows Honors College graduates Paul Bergen (AU ’12) and Dan Mazzaferro (AU ’11) who also received a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship.