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Kathryn M. Adams '04, of Ilion, NY, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Peter Cain have won a national competition for undergraduate Merck/AAAS Scholars, and as a result, will present their research at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle February 12-16.

Adams, a neuroscience major, has been conducting research with Cain through St. Lawrence's Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program, funded by a grant from Merck Company Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The purpose of the program is to provide undergraduate research experiences that enhance the understanding of the interdisciplinary relationship between biology and chemistry; to encourage graduate education in chemistry and life sciences; and foster undergraduate programs and activities that bridge chemistry and biology. At St. Lawrence, the grant provides funding for collaborative research by faculty and students, as well as assist in the development of courses in the biology and chemistry departments.

The topic of Adams' and Cain's research is "The Effects of Fluorocitrate Activity and Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonism on Spatial Learning in Rats."

A member of the biology honorary, Adams is a graduate of Ilion High School and a Dean's List student. She is also a member of the women's soccer team and Delta Delta Delta sorority. Adams is one of eight members of the women's soccer team named to the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association Academic team. To be qualified for the award, players must maintain a minimum 3.2 overall grade point average as well as have at least sophomore standing at St. Lawrence.

Posted: February 3, 2004