Research Symposium 2018: A Chance to Showcase Excellence

Research Symposium 2018: A Chance to Showcase Excellence

    On Friday, March 2, the Honors Scholars and Undergraduate Research Symposium commenced in the lobby of Buller Hall. The symposium was sponsored by the J.N. Andrews Honors Program and the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship. The posters on display consisted of research projects of undergraduate Andrews University students and their professors, who served as their mentors.

The symposium was open to Andrews University students, faculty and staff. This spring’s research symposium featured undergraduate research presentations and Honors Scholars’ thesis presentations. Students dressed in business attire, lined the hallways, ready to share their findings. Each student stood adjacent to their research posters and provided brief explanations of their research and presented the results and conclusions they reached.

Dr. Desmond Murray, Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Denise Smith, Instructor of Biology, served as the research advisor to Michaella Souza (junior, music), who presented her research, The Synthesis of Novel Dual Binding Transfectors, a study of the transfecting capabilities of arylidene thiobarbituric alkylpyridinium.

Souza said, “With dual binding transfectors, we are hoping to broaden the amount of cells that we can transfect. We also hope to broaden the amount of material that can be brought into a cell by using one or more transfecting agents.”

Several presenter shared interesting information about their research on seabird colonies and their eggshells; the majority of which worked in conjunction with the Department of Biology.

Alexandria Edge (senior, chemistry), who worked with Dr. Lisa Ahlberg, Professor of Chemistry, presented a research poster on High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) Analysis of Amino Acids in Glaucous-winged Gull Eggshells. Edges’s research was a study that analyzed the amino acid contents in eggshells using reverse-phase High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).

Edge said, “I strongly believe that HPLC is an important aspect for future research in eggshell analysis. It will help us to understand the importance of amino acidic contents within eggshells.”

After an insightful and busy four hours, the symposium came to a close. Inspiring those in observance to get hands on with research. The legacy of research at Andrews University is represented and sustained through all the hard work on display at this year’s symposium.


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