On Wednesday, May 14, the School of Mathematics and Sciences hosted the first Spring Research and Internship Symposium, where more than 50 students presented research they are conducting at Marian University.
For quite some time, the school has hosted a research symposium in the fall, but, according to Loren Bertocci, Ph.D., dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences, “the quantity and caliber of authentic research and experiential learning our students now conduct has outgrown one single annual event.”
With 56 students presenting 24 posters, the event was well attended by members of the Marian University and surrounding community.
“The students are so supportive of each other; it provides a positive energy I’ve never experienced before at an undergraduate symposium,” said Samantha Oliphant, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.
Several awards were presented to students who displayed excellence in research. The Michael J. Eoff Award for Research Excellence was granted to biology majors Emma Laut, Allison Goetz, and Crystal Kalorgris for their project entitled “A Proposal to Study the Relationship of Planarian Regeneration, Caffeine, and Heat Shock.”
Gavyn Gerbofsky, Jack Hosty, Vance Fletcher, and Danny Gerow (biology majors) earned the Jerry L. Stumpf Award for Research Excellence for their project entitled, “Effects of Epidermal Growth Factor and Telomerase Activity on Growth in S. cerevisiae.” Anna Dudley, chemistry major, earned the Richard J. Minasz Award for Research Excellence for her work on “Photoinduced reaction between Eosin Y and DODC1: Flourescene Studies.”
“The students are genuinely excited to be here to showcase their hard work and to see other research taking place on campus,” said Kim Vogt, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.