May 3, 2018
Two Saint Vincent College biology majors, Rebecca A. Bell of Blairsville and Rachel A. Harenchar of Sharpsville, recently attended the national conference on Experimental Biology at the San Diego Convention Center.
Bell, a junior who is also minoring in psychology, is the daughter of Christina and Robert Bell and a 2015 graduate of Blairsville High School. She serves as vice president of the Tri Beta biological honor society, public relations officer and majorette captain of the SVC marching band, member of Gamma Sigma Epsilon chemistry honor society, member of Psi Chi psychological honor society and member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. Named to the Dean’s List for five semesters and selected as an S-STEM Scholar at Saint Vincent, she serves as a collaborative learning facilitator for the general biology classes. She participates in intramural soccer. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician.
Harenchar, a senior, is the daughter of Michael and Carole Harenchar and a 2014 graduate of Sharpsville Area High School. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school. She is a member of Women in STEM, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, American Society for Microbiology, Service Corps for Exceptional Children (SCEC) and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She is a member of the Dean’s List and the PAC Honor Roll. Harenchar is the recipient of an ASPET Individual Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, S-STEM Scholarship at Saint Vincent College and an A.J. Palumbo Student Research Endowment Fund Award. She has served as vice president and president of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and as a tutor for comparative anatomy and wildlife biology. A member of the varsity softball team and the varsity women’s bowling team, she was honored as a member of the 2017 Westmoreland County Sportswomen Team of the Year and was named an NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete.
Experimental Biology is the annual meeting of five societies comprised of more than 14,000 scientists and 25 guest societies. Primary focus areas include anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, pharmacology and physiology. EB 2018 was open to everyone with interest in the latest research impacting life sciences. Attendees represented scientists from academic institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations and industry.
The multidisciplinary, scientific meeting featured plenary and award lectures, workshops, oral and posters presentations, on-site career services and exhibits spotlighting equipment, supplies and publications required for research labs and experimental study.
Fr. Shawn Anderson, O.S.B., assistant professor of biology, accompanied the students to the conference.
Photo: Fr. Shawn Anderson, O.S.B., Rebecca Bell and Rachel Harenchar.
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