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Annual Event Celebrates Local Undergraduate Research

The research and dedicated work of more than 100 undergraduate students from Greater Pittsburgh area universities and colleges will be celebrated at the 10th annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Duquesne University.

Hosted by Duquesne’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the symposium will highlight student research through oral and poster presentations.  Research topics being addressed range from the form of inherited mental retardation known as Fragile X syndrome to finding inhibitors that block breast cancer enzymes to creating new fingerprinting methods. In addition, Dr. Joseph Glorioso of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will present the morning keynote address, HSV Vectors, Ion Channels and Treatment of Chronic Pain.

“The quality and breadth of the scientific work these students have accomplished is truly impressive,” said Dr. David Seybert, dean of the Bayer School.  “In an era where questions are voiced about the future of American science and technology education and competitiveness, the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is an affirmation of the continuing tradition of excellence in scientific research in western Pennsylvania. Duquesne is proud to host this gathering of tomorrow’s scientific leaders.”

The largest summer symposium of its kind in Western Pennsylvania, the Undergraduate Research Symposium draws numerous graduate students and faculty as well as undergraduates.

The presentations are the culmination of a 10-week intensive summer research program that integrates undergraduate students into high-level research teams.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.