Three Wilson College seniors were recently notified that they were awarded Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS) research grants. The grants are competitive and are awarded to outstanding research proposals submitted by undergraduate or graduate students from institutions across the state of PA.
Connie Goodwin, a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was awarded monies to support her research on the Purification and Antimicrobial Properties of L-Amino Acid Oxidase from Captive and Wild Timber Rattlesnake Venom. Connie's project has combined field work involving rattlesnake roundups to collect wild snake venom with chemical size exclusion and reverse phase chromatography.
Rachael Kinley, a senior majoring in Biology and Environmental Science, was awarded monies in support of her research entitled "Analyzing the Effectiveness of Neodymium as a Shark Deterrent in the Atlantic Pelagic Longline Fishing Industry to Reduce the Bycatch of Atlantic Pelagic Shark Species." Rachael's project will utilize the results of laboratory-based electrochemical work with high power Neodymium magnets to design fishing strategies which effectively minimize harmful shark bycatch.
Chelsey Smentkowski, a senior scholar-athlete double majoring in Biology and Chemistry, was awarded monies to support her research project entitled "The Effect of Posilac on the Concentration of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) in Bovine Milk and Serum." Chelsey's work aims to quantify the link between Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (Posilac) used commonly in the dairy industry and increased IGF-1 concentration in milk produced by the animals. The IGF-1 protein regulates cell growth, division, and differentiation, and there is great concern that IGF-1 is present in higher than normal concentrations in consumed milk.
All students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Wilson College participate in a three-semester research experience in which students design under supervision of their research advisors an independent research project, perform experimentation and/or field work to collect data, and ultimately analyze the results and present their findings in various formats which includes oral and poster presentations at scientific meetings.
We are so proud of all our senior research students!
Congratulations to all!