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Three members of the Class of 2012 received honors at the Beta Beta Beta 2012 Northeast-1 District Convention recently. All three - Taylor Moon, Lalita Priyamvada and Eddie Richter - are members of St. Lawrence's chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society.

Richter placed second in competition for the Frank G. Brooks Award for excellence in undergraduate research presented in an oral session. The title of his presentation was "Ecology of Roadside Mosses" and his mentor for this work was Associate Professor of Biology Karl McKnight. Earlier in the semester, Richter received the Best Student Presentation award at the New York Flora Association's Northeast Natural History conference.

Priyamvada received second place in the John C. Johnson Award for excellence in undergraduate research presented in a poster session. The title of her presentation was "The estrogen-disrupting compound bisphenol-A (BPA) inhibits thymus gland growth in Xenopus laevis tadpoles." Her mentors for this work were Assistant Professors of Biology Kari Heckman and Alex Schreiber.

All three students earned St. Lawrence University the "Travel Gavel Award" for travelling the most delegate miles to attend the convention.

The awardees are active members of St. Lawrence's Alpha Iota chapter of Beta Beta Beta, founded in 1922 and dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study. Their research was funded by research grants from the Beta Beta Beta national, the biology department, St. Lawrence University Fellowships and the Mellon Foundation.

Posted: May 18, 2012

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