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Presenting research: essential component of summer experience

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July 31, 2017

Eleven undergraduates in Biology and in the College of Health Professions from University of Detroit Mercy presented their summer research during the 2017 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE) at Michigan State University, July 26.

Mid-SURE provides a forum for undergraduates in the region to share and discuss their research while providing a networking opportunities with graduate schools and researchers.

“Having students present their research is an essential component of any undergraduate summer research experience,” said Dr. Jacob Kagey, associate professor of biology.  “The symposium provides a venue where students have to present their research to colleagues and faculty who have never seen it before.”

More than 380 undergraduate students with diverse academic disciplines from 117 different institutions presented their research at the event.  Students were mentored by more than 400 faculty, post-doctoral research and graduate students.

“The students get complete ownership over their presentations,” said Kagey.  “This is the third time I took students to this meeting.  The big take away for the students is to gain ownership of their own project through presenting their work to others.  This type of undergraduate regional meeting can be a stepping stone for students to present their work at a national conference.”

For more information, please view the program booklet.

University of Detroit Mercy undergraduates presenting at the conference include:

DISCOVERING NOVEL SUBSTRATES OF THE COP9 SIGNALOSOME
Selena Cholak, Matthew Lupsan
Category: Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics
Mentor(s): Nicole Najor (Biology)

EXPRESSION PATTERN OBSERVATION OF CG6191 IN DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER AND THE LINK BETWEEN ITS HOMOLOG CABLES1 PROTEIN AND EPITHELIAL BASED CANCERS IN HUMANS
Amber Elinsky, Isabel Aklestad
Category: Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics
Mentor(s): Stephanie Conant (Biology), Jacob Kagey (Biology)

ATRAZINE INDUCED DNA DAMAGE IN CRAYFISH HEPATOPANCREAS QUANTIFIED THROUGH THE COMET ASSAY OF SINGLE CELLS
Monir Mardini
Category: Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics
Mentor(s): Rachelle Belanger (Biology), Jacob Kagey (Biology)

THE ROLE OF YORKIE IN DIFFERENT STAGES OF EYE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE UTILIZATION OF DIFFERENT BINDING PARTNERS OF DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER.
Batoul Nasser, Maria Anderson
Category: Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics
Mentor(s): Tiffany Cook (Moleculer Medicine and Genetics), Jacob Kagey (Biology)

UNDERSTANDING THE MISREGULATION OF COP9 SIGNALOSOME IN EPITHELIAL DERIVED CANCERS
Faith Volpe, Travis Miller
Category: Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics
Mentor(s): Nicole Najor (Biology)

ARE LEVELS OF PERCEIVED STRESS LOWER IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN PREGNANT WOMEN WHO HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER OF THEIR BABY?
Relicious Eboh
Category: Epidemiology and Public Health
Mentor(s): Dawn Misra (Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences)

PERCEPTIONS OF NURSING DISCIPLINE AMONG DIFFERENT CULTURE GROUPS
Vanessa Lee
Category: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Mentor(s): Molly McClelland (College of Health Professions)

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