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LURE students showcase their work at Marquette University symposium

July 30, 2015 In Lakeland University Blog
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Seven Lakeland College natural sciences division students recently participated in Marquette University’s annual Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium in Milwaukee.

The Lakeland contingent, comprised of students in the Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE) Program, created four posters, which were among the 40 total posters on display.

“Our students did a great job,” said Greg Smith, Lakeland College associate professor of biology. “Their posters looked really good. Going in, our students were intimidated by the thought of discussing their research with Marquette faculty and students. They soon realized how much they have learned over the course of the summer. They’ve become experts in their area of research. Seeing that validated by faculty, graduate students and their peers really builds their confidence.”

The Lakeland posters and authors (student and professor) were:

  • “Examining the Demographic Effects of Coal Fly Ash Exposure Routes in Daphnia Magna and Daphnia pulex,” by Madison K. Hull and Paul C. Pickhardt
  • “Population Effects of Coal Fly Ash-Exposed Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Fed to Daphnia magna at Low and High Food Concentrations,” by Brooke L. Wilder-Corrigan and Paul C. Pickhardt
  • “Assessing the Rate of [PSI+] Prion Formation in Mutant Saccharomyces cerevisiae Strains,” by Cassandra J. Mueller, Emily K. Thomas and Gregory R. Smith
  • “Neurotransmitter Catabolism by Stem Cell Derived Astrocytes,” by Suzette Rosas and Jered V. McGivern

Also representing Lakeland at the symposium were LURE students Libby DeClark and Brianne Frank, who are working with Brian Frink, professor of chemistry and physics. They will present at a regional chemistry conference later this year.

Making the afternoon in Milwaukee even more special for the Lakeland group was hanging out with several Marquette representatives with strong Lakeland connections. Andrew Karls, who will join Lakeland’s staff this fall as an assistant professor of biology, earned a Ph.D. from the Marquette biological sciences program in 2014 and has been working as a postdoctoral associate there for the past year. He joined the Lakeland group for lunch.

In addition, Lakeland graduates and former LURE students Joshua Hakala ’13 (now in his third year in the Marquette biology Ph.D. program), Ricardo Rosas ’14 (in his first year in the Marquette chemistry Ph.D. program) and Jenna Waite ’09 (in her first year in Marquette’s physician assistant program) interacted with the Lakeland group. Rosas got to see his sister, LURE student Suzette Rosas, present.