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Ph.D. student Elonda Clay receives grant to make presentation at American Society for Human Genetics Conference

Posted Oct 20, 2009

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago student Elonda Clay has received a travel award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's (FASEB) Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program. It enables her to bring her presentation to the American Society for Human Genetics 59th Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, October 20-24, 2009.

Clay's poster presentation on the Ethical. Legal, Social and Policy Issues in Genetics session is titled "Using Genetics to Overturn the Legacy of Slavery? The Hope and Hype of Popular Representations of Personal Genomics, U.S. African Americans and Genetic Ancestry Testing."

Clay is completing her Ph.D. in religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her scholarship explores the cultural, social, and ethical implications of genetics and the media. She came to LSTC because of the Zygon Center of Religion and Science.

Clay holds a B.S. in physical science, an MLIS in information science, a Master of Divinity, and a Th.M. in religion and science. She is a Fund for Theological Education doctoral fellow, a United Methodist Women of Color Scholar, and a graduate of the Summer Leadership Institute of Harvard University.  In 2008, she was named a GreenFaith  Fellow and was a keynote speaker at LSTC's Women's Day conference.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology's Minority Access to Research Careers Program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, national Institutes of Health. A primary goal of the MARC Program is to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented minorities engaged in biomedical and behavioral research.

The 21 award recipients represent teaching hospitals and major universities across the United States including Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, and Howard University College of Medicine.


Esther Menn
Director, Advanced Studies


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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