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Students to Present Research at Duquesne’s Science Symposium

More than 120 future scientists-a record number of participants-will present their recent scientific findings at Duquesne University's Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, including University students in a new collaboration focused on chronic pain.

The 18th annual symposium will take place in Duquesne's Bayer Learning Center and Mellon Hall on Friday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., marking the close of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences' 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Students from Duquesne and 30 other institutions, plus the nine high-school-aged students who formed this year's Project SEED cohort, will share their findings. For the first time, students will participate from the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE), Duquesne's new cross-disciplinary collaboration designed to bring together experts in pain biology, chemistry, drug discovery and clinical fields with outstanding undergraduate researchers. PURE focuses on the study of chronic pain and clinical practice, introducing students to the field and encouraging the development of future scholars and clinicians.

The program and symposium provide students with opportunities to gain important laboratory and presentation experience early in their studies, said Bayer School Dean Dr. Philip Reeder.

"Exposing high school and undergraduate students to research aligns perfectly with the missions of the Bayer School and the University," Reeder said. "These students are our future medical practitioners, scientists and teachers-and the earlier they are exposed to working in a research laboratory and presenting their results and conclusions, the better."

Besides student presentations, Dr. Charles Kahle II, vice president of research and development, coatings and chief technology officer at PPG Industries, will deliver a keynote titled The Secret Life of Paint: What You See and the Science Behind It.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is funded by the Bayer School, Duquesne's Mylan School of Pharmacy, PURE, various University departments, faculty grants, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

For more information, visit the symposium website or call 412.396.4900.

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