Undergraduate Biology Major Presented at NCUR

Goldwater ScholarshipsIt is very common for students in the Bayer School to conduct research in their undergraduate studies. In the case of Anderson Chen, senior biology major, his undergraduate research experience has given him a lot more than techniques learned in the laboratory.

Chen had the opportunity to present his research at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held in early April 2014 at the University of Kentucky. NCUR is part of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Proposals for abstract submissions at this conference are peer-reviewed, and the selection process is very competitive, but Chen’s abstract was accepted.

“I was very happy to be selected,” Chen said. “I am very motivated and I am pushing myself to do well. It’s a corroboration that the work I am doing is of good quality and it brings me to the big purpose of what I am doing.”

Dr. Kyle Selcer, associate professor of biology and Chen’s research mentor, recommended that Chen submit his abstract to NCUR.

“The biology department at Duquesne University prides itself on providing opportunities for significant research for undergraduates,” Selcer explained. “By doing the work and taking the opportunity to present his research to a larger audience, Anderson has set himself apart as a leader among his fellow students.”

Dean Philip Reeder said, “Anderson Chen is to be congratulated on the acceptance of his poster for the annual meeting of National Council on Undergraduate Research. This work is an outstanding example of the quality of undergraduate research at the Bayer School and the outstanding support by his faculty advisor, Dr. Kyle Selcer.”

Chen has been involved in undergraduate research since his sophomore year, and he has presented at other symposia, including the annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at Duquesne, and at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s annual fall regional symposium, at which Chen’s poster won an award.

Chen said, “I was nervous presenting something I’ve been working on for a very long time. When I finally got the chance to present my research, it was nice to know it was well received.”

Chen will attend medical school at Temple University this fall, as part of the Duquesne Medical Scholars Program. Chen credits his undergraduate research experience as important preparation for medical school. “Problem-solving, time management and paying attention to details will be helpful skills for medical school and becoming a doctor,” he said.

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