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Two Biology Majors Get Award for Research Poster

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Posted: Monday Apr 15, 2013

April 15, 2013

Melissa Mason, left, a senior biology major from Sarver, and Karalyn Hillebrecht, right, a senior biology major from Pittsburgh (15226), won the John C. Johnson Award for outstanding poster presentation at the recent Tri-Beta regional biology conference. In addition to a certificate and plaque, they received a travel grant of $750 to enable them to present their poster at the Biennial National Conference in June. They are the first students to represent Saint Vincent College’s Upsilon Gamma chapter of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, one of 35 chapters in the northeast region encompassing western Pennsylvania, western New York and West Virginia. Their research project focused on in vitro hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis responses to the Alzheimer’s disease drug donepezil. Both are students of Dr. Michael Rhodes, associate professor of biology.


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