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Bayer School Students Receive Prestigious Awards

Working with their faculty mentors, graduate and undergraduate students in the Bayer School are often rewarded with awards of various types. Some are from national organizations and are linked to scholarships and fellowships. Last year, three undergraduate students in the Bayer School received the honor of being named Goldwater Scholars. In spring 2015, three other students received prestigious awards, fellowships and scholarships. The Bayer School students also received awards related to research presented as part of the Duquesne University Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposia.

National winners include:

  • Kate Sadler, a doctoral student in biological sciences, received an F31 Kirschstein National Research Service Award from The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the NIH.
  • Brittney Jackson, an undergraduate student in the Center for Environmental Research and Education won a fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Edward Hilton IV, a biochemistry major, became Duquesne’s first Clarkston Scholar.

Bayer School graduate students participated in the Graduate Student Research Symposium, held on Nov. 7, 2014. In total, 65 Duquesne students participated in the symposium, of which 25 were BSNES students. The Bayer School presented Excellence Awards in Graduate Research to the following students:

  • Christopher Fonner, a doctoral student in biological sciences for his poster titled Stress and Disease: The Effects of Corticosterone on Chytrid Fungus Susceptibility in the Red-Legged Salamander Plethodon Shermani. Co-Authors: Chris Garbark, Shreya Patel, Shelby Boord, Sarah K. Woodley, Ph.D.; Faculty Advisor: Sarah Woodley, Ph.D.
  • Emily Benner, a doctoral student in chemistry and biochemistry for her poster titled Transport and Conformational Change: Reset of the Dopamine Transporter.  Co-Author: Marco J. Acevedo; Faculty Advisor: Jeffry D. Madura, Ph.D.

More information about the 2014 Graduate Student Research Symposium

Bayer School undergraduate students participated in the Undergraduate Student Research Symposium on April 9, 2015. In total, 150 Duquesne undergraduate students participated in the symposium, of which 48 were BSNES students. The Bayer School presented Excellence Awards in Undergraduate Research to the following students:

  • Sarah Sweger, a sophomore in chemistry and biochemistry, for her poster titled Effects of Viscosity and Macromolecular Crowding on the Diffusion-Controlled Rate Constant of Ferredoxin NADP+ Reductase. Faculty Advisor: Jeffry Madura, Ph.D.
  • Youstina Seliman, a sophomore in biological sciences for her poster, A Comparison of Planktonic Communities at the Murphy’s Bottom Ecological Site. Faculty Advisor: Brady Porter, Ph.D.

Bayer School undergraduate participants in the symposia also received awards from outside the Bayer School for their research. These awards include:

  • The Center for Community Engaged Teaching and Research, Outstanding Community-Engaged Scholarship Project: Jennifer Estevez and Chuan Phongphothichitkun (BSNES junior) for the poster, The mathematical framework for understanding effective TNR policies for feral cat control. Faculty Advisor: Rachael Neilan, Ph.D.
  • Honors College Outstanding Poster: Natalie Campbell, Andrew Lendacky, and Tamir Turpin (BSNES freshman) for their poster, Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes of Students from Three Pittsburgh Universities. Faculty Advisor: Michael Irwin, Ph.D.
  • Office of the Provost Outstanding Scholarship Award: Benjamin Jagger (BSNES senior) for his poster, 15N vibrational frequency shifts of the Rieske iron-sulfur cluster distinguish the protonation states of histidine ligands from cytochromes bc1 and b6f. Faculty Advisor: Ralph Wheeler, Ph.D.
  • Office of the Provost Outstanding Scholarship Award Honorable Mention: Justin Goodwill (BSNES sophomore) for his poster, Image Fusion Using SURE Guided Piecewise Linear Estimation. Faculty Advisor: Stacey Levine, Ph.D.
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honors Society Outstanding Scholarship Honorable Mention:
    Brandon Hoenig (BSNES junior) for his poster, DNA Barcoding of Stomach Contents Reveals Trophic Competition Among Three Species of Trout. Faculty Advisor: Brady Porter, Ph.D.
  • University Academic Sustainability Committee Excellence in Sustainability and the Environment Award: Natalie Campbell, Andrew Lendacky, and Tamir Turpin (BSNES freshman) for their poster, Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes of Students from Three Pittsburgh Universities. Faculty Advisor: Michael Irwin, Ph.D.

More information on the 2015 Undergraduate Student Research Symposium

Graduate and undergraduate students in the Bayer School often attend and present at professional meetings related to their specific disciplines. This spring, the Bayer School and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry had a record 25 student presentations at the 249th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting & Exposition in Denver, Colo. Students Avani Dalal and Sadie Clifford won “Speak Simply” Awards for their ability to describe their work to a general audience, and Andrew Glaid won an award from the Computers in Chemistry Division for his poster presentation. This is the third year in a row that multiple students have taken home awards from the ACS national meeting.

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