One undergraduate student and two high school students affiliated with the lab of Tracy Anthony, associate professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, won prestigious research awards for their investigative and laboratory work during the summer of 2013.
Wesley Hodges, a RiSE undergraduate student and biology major from Truman State University who worked in Anthony’s lab during the summer of 2013, won a best poster award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students held on November 13-16, 2013 in Nashville, TN. His research investigated to what extent the anti-leukemia drug asparaginase triggers endoplasmic reticulum stress. Research in Science and Engineering (RiSE), which is sponsored by Rutgers, invites outstanding undergraduates from across the U.S. and its territories to participate in 10 weeks of research in the biological, physical and social sciences, as well as math, engineering and exciting interdisciplinary areas alongside faculty mentors.
Two high school students who worked in the Anthony lab this past summer also received prestigious awards. Umay Mughal, a rising senior at Saint Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, NY, was a NIH STEP-UP Fellow whose research focused on the mechanism of liver toxicity by asparaginase chemotherapy. STEP-UP is a federally funded program managed and supported the NIH. Claire Kim, a senior at Montville Township High School in Montville, NJ, was a Siemens Science Competition Regional Semifinalist for her work on the effects of age on liver toxicity by asparaginase. The Siemens Science Competition in Math, Science and Technology offers students the opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school.