Bayer School Students Engaged with Research

Dr. Jana Patton-Vogt

Students in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences have been busy sharing their research since last fall. As a way to promote scientific exchange between researchers and fellow students, 40 Bayer School students—both undergraduate and graduate—have either presented or will present their research at 17 national and international meetings and expositions during the 2012-2013 academic year. These conferences bring together students from all around the country and the world to discuss and disseminate research in their related disciplines through either posters or podium presentations.

"The opportunity for our students to present their research at professional meetings is such an important component of the research experience," explained Dr. David Seybert, dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. "We are exceedingly proud that our students continue to distinguish themselves in these national and international venues."

The research by the students of the Bayer School has been incredibly ambitious and diverse. Topics range from a podium presentation discussing The Influence of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Group I Pilin Glycan on Clinical Strain Distribution to a poster proposing Initial Aggregate Structures of the Human Gamma-D Crystallin Protein Found in Cataracts. Most remarkably, 15 of the students are undergraduates, including five sophomores.

Faculty members in the Bayer School have made it possible for students to have access to hands-on research experiences as early as possible, encouraging them to share the results of that research at professional meetings. The high quality of research performed by the students, the interactions with faculty sponsors and the opportunity to present research findings are important to the future success of these undergraduates as they pursue careers in their field or graduate school opportunities.

Presentation opportunities have included the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the American Associations of Immunologists, the Society of Neuroscience and Wilson's Ornithological Conference. International meetings have included the International Primatological Society meeting in Cancun, Mexico, as well as the Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropolgía Biológica in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The students are receiving commendations for their efforts, too. Juraj Adamik, a graduate student in Dr. Phil Auron's lab, was awarded a competitive travel award by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for his research to be presented at their annual meeting in April 2013. Also, Suman Chatterjee, a graduate student in Dr. Richard Elinson's lab, won the Genesis student prize for his talk at the Mid-Atlantic meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology last fall.

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