Seven Biology Students Attend District Tri-Beta Convention

by Public Relations | May 19, 2017

May 19, 2018

Seven Saint Vincent College students present research at district conference

Seven Saint Vincent College biology students attended and made poster and oral presentations of their research at the northeast regional district III convention of Tri-Beta National Honor Society at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland, on April 8.

The Saint Vincent campus Upsilon Gamma chapter of Tri-Beta was awarded a first place recognition for their scrapbook and a second place recognition as 2017 outstanding district chapter.

The students and the titles of their research posters and oral presentations include Justin Overly of Acme, “Antimicrobial Treatment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus,” (second Place in oral presentations); Lisa Iacaruso of Crofton, Maryland, and Esther Love of Claysburg, “The effects of high molecular weight cranberry extract and thieves oil on Streptococcus mutans,” (honorable mention in poster presentations); Miranda Jackson of Greensburg, “The Development of a Learning Module to Incorporate DNA Barcoding and Macroinvertebrate Identification for an Introductory Undergraduate Biology Laboratory;” Kyanna Williams-Pate, Pittsburgh (15235), “Nutritional and Environmental Factors that Affect Hematopoiesis in an Anemia Model of Zebrafish,” (second place in poster presentations); and Marissa Smail of New Kensington and Katie Morris of Ebensburg, “The effect of centrally administered muscarinic antagonists on stress hormone responses of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis,” (third place in oral presentations).

The students were accompanied by Br. Albert Gahr, O.S.B., assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Michael Rhodes, associate professor of biology.

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is an honor society for students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.

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Photo:  Saint Vincent College participants at the Tri-Beta District Conference are shown at the Frostburg State University Natural History Museum are, from left, Dr. Michael Rhodes, Justin Overly, Esther Love, Br. Albert Gahr, O.S.B., Lisa Iacaruso, Katie Morris, Marissa Smail, Kyanna Williams-Pate and Miranda Jackson.

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