Biology Students Present Research

Regional conference features 10 WWU students

By: Becky St. Clair

Stephanie Field, senior biochemistry major, shows off the result of her research: a poster, which was presented at a regional conference in November.

Last fall, ten biology and biochemistry students attended the 17th Regional Conference on Undergraduate Research sponsored by the Murdock College Science Program.  All together they presented seven posters at the conference.

The students who attended were seniors Lisa Barcelo, Justin Brier-Jones, Stephanie Field, Ashley Goodacre, Jennifer Han, Andrew Johnson, Jay Malaguit, Moussa Saleh, Stephanie Shin, and sophomore Danielle Craigg.  

Some students prepared their research at WWU, supervised by David Lindsey or Joan Redd, both professors of biological sciences at WWU.  Others did their work at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif.  

Topics of the posters ranged from evaluation of specific bacterial flora in the oral cavity of mothers and their infants to research on shitake mushroom extract’s effect on T cells.

“When students attend research conferences and present their work, they interact with scientists and peers from other universities and see the value of their work in the larger scientific community,” says Lindsey.  “They take the next step.  Students grow professionally and demonstrate that growth to those who will consider their applications to graduate and professional programs.”

The conference was held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., in November.  

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