Seven Senior Biology Students Attend National Conference for Undergraduate Research

by Public Relations | Apr 18, 2017

April 18, 2017

Seven senior biology students attend National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Memphis

Six Saint Vincent College senior biology students presented their research projects at the 31st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Memphis April 6 to 8.

The students and the titles of their projects include Hannah Becker of North East, “Effect of Chronic Exposure to Artificial Sweeteners on Metabolism during Embryonic Development in Chicken Embryos;” Erica Johns of Butler, “The Metabolic and Behavioral Effects of Daily Consumption of Caloric and Non-Caloric Sweeteners in Adult Male Swiss Webster Mice;” Gerald Ngo of Lititz, “The Effects of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus on Murine Femur Weight;” Adam Tran of Mystic, Connecticut, “Cannabidol Mitigates the Effects of Chronic Beta-Amyloid Administration in Adult Mice;” Lacie Werner of North Huntingdon, “Lactobacillus Probiotics Effects on Maternally Separated Rat Pups,” and Jenny Willis of Saltsburg, “A Modified Ketogenic Diet Attenuates Motor Disability and Cognitive Impairment in a Murine Model of Multiple Sclerosis.” Werner and Willis made oral presentations while Becker, Johns, Ngo and Tran made poster presentations. Kayla Uveges of Cresson attended.

The Saint Vincent group was accompanied by Dr. Jennifer L. Koehl, associate professor of biology. Their participation was made possible by a grant from the A. J. Palumbo Student Research Fund at Saint Vincent and a National Science Foundation Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM) grant awarded to Koehl as the Principle Investigator.

The conference showcases the best in undergraduate research from colleges and universities across the United States as all abstracts go through an acceptance procedure.

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Photo: Saint Vincent College biology students who attended the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tennessee with their professor, were, from left, Adam Tran, Gerald Ngo, Jenny Willis, Dr. Jennifer L. Koehl, Lacie Werner, Kayla Uveges, Hannah Becker and Erica Johns.

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