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Young Researchers Showcase Findings at 14th Annual Symposium

Duquesne University’s campus will buzz with the excitement of nearly 100 undergraduate researchers on Friday, July 29, as they present their findings at the 2011 Summer Research Symposium.

Sponsored by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the symposium is the culmination of a 10-week intensive research program that integrates undergraduate students into high-level research teams.

Nearly half the participating students, who come from more than 20 institutions in the region, have been on campus since May 23 working with faculty members, attending speaker seminars and completing community service projects. The rest of the participants have been completing research at their home institutions, including Washington and Jefferson College, Saint Vincent College, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

This year’s 14th annual symposium will feature keynote speaker Dr. Eric Beckman, professor from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Beckman’s address, Opportunities for Sustainable Innovation, will be held at 10 a.m. in Pappert Lecture Hall of the Bayer Learning Center.

Students will present their work in lectures and poster presentations on a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Sara Katrancha, a junior chemistry major at Duquesne, who is studying Fragile X Syndrome, the most common form of inherited mental retardation.
  • Jennifer Berkebile, a senior biology major at Duquesne, who is researching thyroid hormone in chicken embryos and whether it is necessary for the absorption of the yolk as nutrition.

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