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Three students have been awarded research grants by the national biology honor society Beta Beta Beta. The grants, totaling over $1,200, will assist the students in conducting their senior-year research projects.

Taylor Moon '12, a biology major, will use the funding to study synthetic and natural anti-oxidants as anti-cancer treatments. Using a melanoma tumor cell line, she plans to observe how cellular metastasis is affected by antioxidant treatment. Her research mentor is Assistant Professor of Biology Karin Heckman.

Lalita Priyamvada '12, also a biology major, will use the funding to study the effects of the polycarbonate compound Bisphenol-A (BPA) and the herbicide atrazine on immune-system development in Xenopus laevis tadpoles. She is interested in determining how exposure to these known endocrine disrupters affects the development of the thymus in pre-metamorphic animals. Priyamvada's research mentors are Heckman and Assistant Professor of Biology Alexander Schreiber.

Biology major Eddie Richter '12 will use his funding to continue studying the roadside ecology of moss. He is interested in gaining a better understanding of the distribution patterns of disturbed soil mosses, and possibly establishing indicator species for roadside health. This study is a continuation of Richert's 2011 University Fellowship work with Associate Professor of Biology Karl McKnight.

All students are active members of the Alpha Iota chapter of Beta Beta Beta at St. Lawrence University. Beta Beta Beta biology honorary was founded in 1922 and is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study. The research grants are awarded by the national office and are intended to support undergraduate research by awarding cash scholarships annually to students conducting research.

Biology Department website

Posted: December 9, 2011

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