April is a busy month for conferences! Seven students from the biology department traveled to conferences in 4 states to present their research.

At the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, TN, environmental science major Marissa Hoffman presented her poster “The effect of the introduction of the emerald ash borer on woodpecker population dynamics in the eastern United States.”

On April 7-8th two Biology majors, Bhavneet Athwal and Johann Umali (above) as well as two Biochemistry majors, Tyler John and Angelica Lackey traveled with Dr. Burgess to the Undergraduate Bioinformatics Education Conference at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe PA. They heard about new bioinformatics tools used in classroom research at universities throughout the U.S. All four students presented their research projects annotating new Drosophila genomes, which was conducted over Winterim 2017 with Drs. Glaser and Burgess.

ENV majors John Prettyman, Mark Moody (above), and Bethany Liberto presented posters at the annual Benthic Ecology Meeting 2017 in Myrtle Beach South Carolina (April 12-16, 2017).

Morgan State University held their 24th Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium on April 13th. Alexa Gannon Biology ‘18 presented her research at the symposium in the company of such esteemed participants as keynote speaker France Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation!

Congratulations to all the students on their great work!