Students receive Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics research awards

by Julia Kelb | May 09, 2019

Sigma ZetaMarian University’s Gamma Eta chapter of the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society submitted six proposals in hopes of receiving research awards. All six proposals, totaling the work of 13 students, were honored with the national awards—the most by any chapter of the organization.

Each spring, the organization holds the Sigma Zeta National Chapter Annual Convention. This year, 10 students traveled to, Canton, Ohio, to present their award-winning research.

Students who attended the convention and received awards include:

  • Abigail C. Burnett, Nicole Lisek, and Anthony Wilson: An Evaluation of the Efficacy of Echinocandins and Triazoles on Reducing the Viability of Quiescent C. albicans
  • Kegan Main: Categorization of Head and Neck Cancer Cell Lines Through Phenotypic Specific Migration
  • Kristen Buss: Correlation of Low Doses of Actinomycin D Chemotherapy on Multiple Human Cancer Cell Lines with Increased Nucleolar Amplification
  • Leah Noe: Selective Inhibition of Aspartate Aminotransferase by L-Cycloserine in the Presence of Vitamin B to Test Glutamate Concentration Levels
  • Megan Desrosiers: Isolation and Identification of Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Bacteria in an Urban Wetland Ecosystem
  • Htoo Thu, Brittany Fahringer, and Mason Mockobee: Supplementation of Metformin with Vitamin D to Improve Glucose Uptake and Lower Triglyceride Levels in Drosophila melanogaster

The Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society has 77 chapters nationwide. The organization provides students the opportunity to expand science knowledge and experience outside the classroom. To be a member, a student must have over a 3.0 GPA overall and over a 3.0 GPA in the sciences

Marian University’s Gamma Eta chapter is led by co-advisors Joyce Horton, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biology, and Steve Dougherty, assistant professor of biology. With 70 members, the Gamma Eta chapter is one of the largest in the organization.

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