Five students from the Biology Department will present their undergraduate research projectsat the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) meeting in Charleston, West Virginia, April 10-13. These independent research projects were completed with the academic support and the scientific resources offered by Southern professors.
ASB meetings are held every year and include workshops, symposiums, and expos involving the various areas in the field of biology.
“The conference is a great chance for students to meet professional scientists, and also learn how to be professionals themselves,” said Keith Snyder, Ph.D., chair of the Biology Department.
This is the second year Southern students have been selected to present at the ASB meeting. To be considered for presentation, students had to write and submit an abstract about their research, and then create a poster according to the association’s specifications.
Poster presentations give biology students the chance to share their research before it is finished, that way they can receive feedback from professionals and other professors.
“The biggest benefit of this opportunity is that it allows students to see science in the real world,” said Ben Thornton, Ph.D., professor in the Biology Department. “They’ll also be able to network and meet professors they may want to work under in graduate school.”
Jennifer Pauldurai, senior biology major, will present her biopsychology research on sleep deprivation in mice, and the effects caffeine, Excedrin, and alcohol have on their performance. During this semester, Jennifer has been running her tests in the Hickman Science Center zoology lab with the help of her professors.
“Not every college student in has the chance to do independent undergraduate research but here at Southern we get so much support from our professors,” Jennifer said. “It’s all about getting that research experience.”