Gannon Students Present at National Research Conference
Posted: June 23, 2017
Four chemistry and biochemistry
students from Gannon University presented their research at the
31st National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the
University of Memphis.
Rebecca L. Hetz, a sophomore
biochemistry major, presented The role of secondary structure in
sonolytic deactivation of enzymes. Senior chemistry major Kathryn
L. Kapp presented Effects of ultrasound on the digestive enzyme
pepsin A. Alyssa Melvin, a senior chemistry major, presented
Determination of microcystin-LR in municipal water using
HPLC-UV/Vis and junior biochemistry major Ariel Pratt presented
Thermostability analysis of broad-spectrum antibiotics cephalexin
and ciprofloxacin via liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.
The conference brought together more
than 4,000 students and their faculty mentors for the opportunity
to present their scholarly research in a professional setting and
interact with their peers. Graduate school and corporate recruiters
were also in attendance at the three-day event.
The students were accompanied by
their undergraduate research mentors, Matthew S. Heerboth, Ph.D.,
associate professor of chemistry and Keith Michael Krise, Ph.D. and
Christine A. Saber, Ph.D., both assistant professors of
"Presenting original research as an
undergraduate at a national conference is quite an accomplishment.
As a department, we were proud of the hard work and dedication our
students exhibited in the laboratory and at the conference.
Affording undergraduate students opportunities to share their work
at national conferences helps them to further develop as scholars,
inspires them to continue engaging in scholarly work, and allows
them to interact with and receive feedback from a diverse body of
peers," Krise said of the experience.
The National Conference on
Undergraduate Research was established in 1987 to promote
undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all
fields of study. The annual conference creates a rich environment
for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student
achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship
and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.
Gannon University offers
undergraduate programs in chemistry and biochemistry that culminate
in the Bachelor of Science degree. Students pursue a nationally
recognized undergraduate curriculum that may be customized with a
focus in one of several related fields. Biochemistry and chemistry
majors at Gannon University enjoy challenging core courses,
interactive laboratory experiences and exciting opportunities to
conduct original scientific research with a faculty mentor. The
department offers small class sizes, individual attention and
frequent contact with faculty members.