Each spring, the Aresty Research Center evaluates poster presentations at its university-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium. A celebration of scholarship and creative activity, the symposium is a chance for undergraduates to present a paper or poster on their findings to an audience of faculty, peers, and corporate and community partners. For 2015, the symposium was held on April 24 in the Livingston Student Center. The top posters were chosen from four broad categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, Digital, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Five SEBS faculty sponsored award winning projects at the Aresty symposium, with six student projects awarded. Two of Professor Lily Young’s undergraduate research students were recognized.
“It was very exciting that both students in our lab were winners. They are both outstanding honors students and very deserving, and we should celebrate their achievements!” said Young. Graduating senior Dan Hollerbach, a biotech student, received a “Best Poster” award in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) category for his poster “Genetic Characterization of bamA’s Involvement in the Anaerobic Pathway for the Degradation of Natural Aromatics” under his co-advisors Professors Abigail Porter and Lily Young, Department of Environmental Sciences. Out of more than 500 poster presentations, Hollerbach received one of the three awarded in the STEM field and will receive an award of $250.
Junior Katherine Fullerton, also a biotech student, received a STEM Honorable Mention for her poster “Determination of the Presence of the Anaerobic Benzoyl-CoA Degradation Pathway in Animal Samples”. Her advisor Lily Young reports that Fullerton also received a very competitive Summer Research Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). She will receive $4000 stipend for 10 weeks of summer research in Young’s lab and $500 travel award to attend and report on her research next year at the ASM General Meeting. This was a national competition that she was successful in winning.
The other winning SEBS students or with SEBS faculty advisors are:
Caroline Davis, graduating senior food science major, Honorable Mention: STEM
“Purification and Characterization of the Human LPIN2-encoded Phosphatidate Phosphatase”
Advisor: Professor George Carman
Connor LaMontagne, biotechnology major, Honorable Mention: STEM
“Delivery of Genetic Molecules to Biofilms via Outer-Membrane Vesticles”
Advisor: Professor Paul Meers
Brandon Smith, senior, cell biology and neuroscience major (SAS), Honorable Mention:STEM
“Raspberry Ketone Effects on Feeding and Neural Activation”
Advisor: Professor Nicholas Bello
Briana Riley, senior, Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior major, Social Sciences
“History of Newark and its Lasting Impact Upon the Urban Landscape”
Advisor: Kathleen John-Adler, Department of Landscape Architecture
The awards can be viewed here.