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2017 Summer Research Symposium

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017

The 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium celebrated undergraduate research in the Greater Pittsburgh area, offering an exciting opportunity for student researchers, science faculty, and area professionals to interact and share in undergraduate research.

2017 Summer Research Symposium Book

View the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium book.

Keynote Address

Dr. Andre SamuelAndre Samuel, a long-time resident of Washington, DC, graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a degree in Biology. Following graduate study at the George Washington University in Genomics and Bioinformatics, he received his Ph.D. in Biology from Duquesne University. At Duquesne, his research focused on studying the structure and function of the cold shock related proteins in E. coli.

As a Ph.D. candidate, Dr. Samuel founded the S.I.G.M.A Science Mentorship Initiative, a summer study program designed to introduce diverse ninth graders to the University's lab with the long-term goal of encouraging the pursuit of careers in scientific research.

Dr. Samuel has a passion for STEM education and life science research. He believes that creating fun engaging and hands on lab experiences for people is the best pathway to an interest in STEM. In recognition of his work in the community, Dr. Samuel's research experience includes studying toxicology and carcinogenicity effects of novel drugs, hookworm vaccine development and tuberculosis reactivation in non-human primates. Dr. Samuel has received the 2015 BMe Leader award, the The President's Volunteer Service Award in 2016 and the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) Afterschool Champion in 2017.

Symposium Schedule

9 a.m.

Poster Setup Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom (Fifth Floor, Power Center)
Continental Breakfast Bayer Learning Center Rotunda

10 a.m. Welcome: Dr. Joseph McCormick, Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University - Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center
10:10 a.m.     Keynote Address: Dr. Andre Samuel
The Citizen Science Lab, Director
Urban Innovation 21
11 a.m. Plenary Session (Student Presentations) - Pappert Lecture Hall
1 p.m. Lunch - Mellon Hall Patio and Lawn (rain site - Union Ballroom)
2-4 p.m. Poster Session - Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom (Fifth Floor, Power Center)

2017 Summer Research Symposium Book

Abstract Submissions

Posters must fit into a 36" x 44" space.

Abstracts must conform to the following format:
Font: Arial 10 point
Length: Maximum of 150 words (not including titles and names)
Title of Written Abstract (in bold)
Authors (Last name, First name)
Academic Department
Text of Abstract (150 words)

Abstract Writing and Poster Making Skills Seminar by Philip Clarke

View the Abstract Writing and Poster Making Skills Seminar (PowerPoint) by Philip Clarke. Please feel free to use this as a reference when you are preparing your research poster for the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Prior Symposia

For more information about the Summer Research Symposium, take a look at materials from prior symposia.


Parking is available in the Forbes Avenue Garage at Duquesne University. View our Visitor's Page for a campus map and driving directions.

Contact Information

Philip Clarke, Director of Student Services
329 Fisher Hall
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282

Phone: 412.396.4172
Fax: 412.396.4881

Email: urp@duq.edu