In 2007, Sidrotun Naim learned from her professor that the University of Arizona housed the world reference lab for shrimp diseases. She emailed Dr. Donald Lightner, Professor of Veterinary Science and Microbiology about her interest. Dr. Lightner responded quickly, informing her that Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons, Director of CALS International Programs was currently in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Luckily that's exactly where she was as well! They met and discussed her interest. Dr. Fitzsimmons provided a recommendation for her to pursue a Fulbright scholarship. She submitted her application in 2008. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and began her academic career at UA Fall 2009.
Every summer, Naim returns to Indonesia to conduct fieldwork. This has earned her the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future award in 2010 for Women in Science and Engineering. Under the additional mentorship of Dr. Judith K Brown, Professor of Plant Sciences, Naim has honed her skills to excel as a scientist.
Naim will graduate UA in December 2012, earning two Masters and one Doctorate degree. Naim has been awarded the UNESCO L'Orèal Fellowship for Women in Science earning an award for post-doctorate work. Naim, along with her husband and young son, will start Harvard Medical School in January 2013, where she will continue to work with shrimp viruses for one year. Then she will go to the Princeton Department of Molecular Biology to work on shrimp bacteria. After completing her fellowships, Naim plans to return to Indonesia and begin her teaching career.
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