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Students Honored at Research Symposium
Students Honored at Research Symposium
Students Honored at Research Symposium

August 12, 2015

Ten Susquehanna University science students won awards at the Landmark Conference's seventh annual Summer Research Symposium at Goucher College, Baltimore, Md.

The symposium brings together undergraduate researchers from colleges and universities within the NCAA's Division III Landmark Conference, which includes Susquehanna. Students presented the results of their summer research that was done in collaboration with faculty, in poster displays or oral presentation sessions.

"Susquehanna has a proud tradition of providing our students with substantive research opportunities," said Swarna Basu, associate professor of chemistry at Susquehanna University and one of several faculty mentors who also attended the symposium. "Each year, our students present a wide range of research at conferences all over the country. If their research goes on to be published in a professional journal, these students go on to become co-authors alongside their faculty advisors, which is a tremendous opportunity."

Twenty-five students from Susquehanna attended the day-long symposium, and 10 walked away with awards:

  • Rosa Bartoletti, senior, of Wilkes-Barre; and Joneisha Moore, junior, of Aberdeen, Md., best oral presentations, Effects of RNAi on Pointed Expression in Drosophila melanogaster using UAS;Gal4 System. Mentor: Pavithra Vivekanand, visiting assistant professor of biology.
  • Joann Butkus, sophomore, of Barnesville, Pa., best oral presentations, Interaction of Small Zinc Complexes with Proteins and Free Tryptophan: A Thermodynamic Study. Mentor: Swarna Basu, associate professor of chemistry.
  • Joshua Kizina, senior, of Williamsburg, Pa., best posters, Chemistry of an hexane leaf extract of Hypericum densiflorum. Mentor: Geneive Henry, professor of chemistry.
  • Jonathan Bixler, junior, of Selinsgrove, Pa., and Ayana Smith, junior, of Georgetown, S.C., best posters, Acylphloroglucinols from an acetone leaf extract of Hypericum densiflorum. Mentor: Geneive Henry, professor of chemistry.
  • Amir Alwali, sophomore, of Chevy Chase, Md.; Dylan Kutz, junior, of Sunbury, Pa.; and Brian Rothbard, sophomore, of Birdsboro, Pa.; best posters, A study of diatom communities in five headwater streams in central Pennsylvania: Taxa or metrics? Mentor: Jack Holt, professor of biology.
  • Anton Soloviev, sophomore, of Sparta, N.J., best posters, Moon Illusion in Virtual Reality. Mentor: Toshiro Kubota, associate professor of mathematical sciences.

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