Students Present at Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 21, 2015 – High Point University students in biology, chemistry and physics presented their research at the HPU Summer Undergraduate Research Program in the Sciences (SuRPS) Final Symposium on July 16.

HPU student Matthew Beck conducting research on “The Role of Rac1 on Cell Migration in ATM Deficient Cells,” for SuRPS.

HPU student Matthew Beck conducting research on “The Role of Rac1 on Cell Migration in ATM Deficient Cells,” for SuRPS.

Hundreds of HPU students applied for 25 spots in this eight-week research program. Each student spent the summer researching a specific science topic with an HPU faculty member. They conducted research in the lab and out in the field.

“These students are able to get hands-on experience in the lab and are learning how to perform research and think like a scientist,” says Brian Augustine, chair for the Department of Chemistry, who oversaw the program.

“I was able to go to New Zealand back in January and make this a long-term project,” says HPU student presenter Nicole Bayeur, who researched how varying amounts of sunlight affect certain trees in New Zealand. “It was an incredible experience, and I loved taking what I have learned in the classroom and applying it to a broader context.”

“I am very proud of how far these students have come,” says Augustine. “A lot of them came to this summer program nervous. They are now walking away confident they can go to a conference and present their research that they worked very hard on. This program is one of the many things that makes me proud to be a professor at High Point University.”

HPU student Ryan Casey presenting his research, “The Effects of ATM-Mediated Reactive Oxygen Species Generation on Cell Migration,” at SuRPS.

HPU student Ryan Casey presenting his research, “The Effects of ATM-Mediated Reactive Oxygen Species Generation on Cell Migration,” at SuRPS.

Presentations included:

  • Jimmy Rager – “An Investigation into the Effects of 17β-estradiol on Bone Development and Ossification in Danio rerio”
  • Gabrielle Hayes – “Antimicrobial Interactions with Manuka Honey on Staphylococcus aureus”
  • Elizabeth Reardon – “The Effects of UV Radiation on Diaphanosoma spp. and Other Cladocerans”
  • Matthew Beck – “The Role of Rac1 on Cell Migration in ATM Deficient Cells”
  • Nicole Bayeur – “Effects of Light Environment on New Zealand Nothofagus (Southern Beech) Community Ecology”
  • Alan Vasquez – “There and Back Again?: The Pulsational Changes of CS1246”
  • Evan Shaw – “Importance of Specific Amino Acids on the E. coli MazEF Toxin-Antitoxin System”
  • Maria Valverde – “Cloning and Purification of the Transcription Regulator GerE from Bacillus Species for In-Vitro Analyses”
  • Calla Telzrow – “Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis and Antimicrobial Assessment of a Plant-Derived Cyclic Peptide”
  • Sergio Guillen – “An Investigation of the Effects of Triclosan on Human Breast Cancer Cells”
  • Ryan Casey – “The Effects of ATM-Mediated Reactive Oxygen Species Generation on Cell Migration”
  • Nicole Wright – “Combinatorial Effects of Antibiotics and Manuka Honey on Escherichia coli”
  • Rodrigo Catalan-Hurtado – “Clash of The Titans: A New Blue Supergiant Binary System”
  • Tyler Wilson – “The Effects of UV Radiation on Calanoid Copepods”
  • Halley Watson – “Population Structure of the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) in North Carolinian Ponds”
  • Matthew Carnaghi – “Core-Shell Biomimetic Cilia Arrays for Use in Fluid Propulsion”
  • Rebecca Ulrich – “Probing the Structure-Activity Relationship of Escherichia coli Extracellular”
  • Nicole Clark – “The Investigation of the Transcription Regulator GerE in Clostridium Species”
  • Lisa Nguyen – “Extracellular Death Factor and Programmed Cell Death in Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis”
  • Max Maurer – “Biomimetic Cilia-Driven Fluid Flow in Agarose”
  • Christopher Wagner – “Comparative Genetics of Parallel De-domestication Events in Weedy Red Rice (Oryza sativa)”
  • Harris Coley – “Biochemical Analysis of Abaxially Variegated Leaves”
  • Cailyn Scanlan – “A Study into the Effects of Resveratrol on Bone Development in Danio rerio”
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