University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Intellectual harvest: undergrad researchers to present findings Aug. 11

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences invites the public to attend the 2011 Summer Undergraduate Biology Research poster session, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Vennes Atrium of the school. For the past 10 weeks, students from UND, as well as rural and tribal colleges, have conducted research and participated in a number of related educational opportunities. Faculty from the School’s departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Pathology; Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; as well as the UND Departments of Biology and Atmospheric Sciences have mentored the undergraduate researchers.

Funding for the students came from a variety of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

One of the goals of the summer research program is to provide students with the opportunity to work side-by-side with an established research scientist. An additional goal is to recruit students from rural and tribal colleges for future participation in UND undergraduate and graduate programs. The summer research program is designed ultimately to bolster the workforce pipeline of biomedical research scientists and health care professionals.

Along with research in the areas of neuroscience, environmental health science and behavioral science, students participated in seminars on ethics in research, diversity, professional presentations and applying to medical and graduate school.

In addition to UND, this year’s participants are from Concordia College (Minn.); Hamilton College (N.Y.); Lycoming College (Pa.); Sitting Bull College (N.D.); Southwestern Baptist (Mo.); Turtle Mountain Community College (N.D.); University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Morris Campuses; Wartburg College (Iowa); and Waynesburg University (Pa.).

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2733, denis.macleod@med.und.edu.


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