Gannon University Biology Students Excel in Research
Posted: May 27, 2014
During the 2013-14 Academic Year, 44 Gannon University biology
undergraduate students engaged in research under the supervision of
12 biology faculty mentors.
the 2013-14 Academic Year, 44 Gannon University biology undergraduate students engaged
in research under the supervision of 12 biology faculty mentors.
students gave 45 presentations on their research at local, regional, and
national conferences, 15 of which were honored with awards. The conferences
included the Celebrate Gannon academic celebration, the district convention of
Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) national biological honor society, and the Undergraduate
Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference at Penn State Behrend co-sponsored
with the Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international,
multidisciplinary research society.
district convention of Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta), held at Grove City College
April 5, 12 Gannon University students attended and made presentations (three
oral and six posters). Six presentations received awards. Tyler Mack received
first place in for his oral presentation “Passage of hard-bodied prey live
through the gut of round gobies (Neogobius
melanostomus),” which received the Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in
student research. The poster presentation, “Relative expression of CMADS2, CMADS3 and CMADS6 in the
fern Ceratopteris richardii,” earned
a first place for Shivali Singh. This
presentation was also honored as the first-place poster presentation at Gannon
University’s Celebrate Gannon academic showcase on April 10.
week later at the Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment
Conference Brian Fuller and Tyler Watson were awarded first place for their
poster presentation Detecting invasive species in the feces of predatory fish, an award shared with Renee Petrucci and Seth Morrisroe for "Elucidating the effects of manganese on
human dopaminergic cell viability," and Brian Sohl for "Does manganese
auto-oxidize dopamine in the absence of SH-SY5Y cells?" "Comparison of age and
growth of the round goby (Neogobius
melanostomus) from Lake Erie and a small invaded pond” was the title of the
first-place oral presentation by Rebeccah Ford and Ashley Wimer, which shared
first place with a presentation by Hannah Smerker entitled “Development of a
sequential method to adapt SH-SY5Y cells to low-glucose media for manganese
Gannon University will host the National Biennial
Convention of Tri-Beta June 4-8. Oral presentations and poster presentations
will be June 5. Field trips for conference participants will take place June
6-7, and the culminating awards banquet will be held on June 7.
More information on the TriBeta convention is available