Recipients

Kema Malki

Kema Malki bio imageKema Malki
2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Kema Malki is a proud recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This award afforded her (?) the opportunity to characterize the bacterial and viral communities in some of Florida's freshwater springs. In addition to identifying the compositions of these populations, she plans on using this information to gain a better understanding of viral-host interactions in nature.

She attributes her success to the support she has received from USF. "The faculty and staff and USF are incredibly supportive and are always there to help when I hit a bump in the road," she says. "I've had the privilege of working with amazing advisors who have always given me plenty of encouragement and guidance."

Kema is confident that this award will provide her with a strong foundation for additional research opportunities. "This award will provide me with the chance to attend more conferences and workshops," she says. "It also provides resources that I can use to help me with my research."

In the future, she would like to stay in academia and run her own research lab.

Congratulations to Kema on winning the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship!

Interested in graduate research fellowship opportunities? Please contact Dr. Sayandeb Basu: sayandeb@honors.usf.edu.