Ohio Wesleyan students present summer science research results


More than 40 Ohio Wesleyan University student-scientists shared the results of their 10-week summer science research projects Monday at the university’s 23rd annual Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium.

The students presented information and answered questions about their research findings, which were documented in posters outlining each project. Students making presentations included:

• Eugene Lim of Delaware presented “Modeling High Frequency Oscillations to Determine Epileptic Mechanisms.” Lim was mentored by Chris Fink, OWU Department of Physics and Astronomy.

• Meghan Schulze of Johnstown presented “Spinal Cord Injury Research and Animal Activism.” Schulze was mentored by Jennifer Yates, OWU Department of Neuroscience.

• Aria Dockham of Sunbury presented “Is Telicity Visible In Sign Languages?” Dockham was mentored by Laura Wagner, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University.

• Kyle Davis of Sunbury presented “Combined Effect of Abrasion and Bacterial Degradation on Feathers.” Davis was mentored by Edward H. Burtt Jr., OWU Department of Zoology.

• Alexandra Cook of Powell presented “Doxorubicin Stress Test in Cardiac Progenitor Cells with and Without Mutations In the Mitochondrial DNA.” Cook was mentored by Ester Perales Clemente, Department of Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“Science cannot be learned solely from a book,” said Laura Tuhela-Reuning, assistant director of the Summer Science Research Program and part-time professor of botany-microbiology and zoology. “Science must be experienced through research, and at OWU, we encourage students to plunge in, preparing them to be successful researchers both at OWU and at other universities. Many first-year students are surprised to learn that they can contribute in substantive scientific research from the moment they arrive on campus.”

Learn more about OWU’s Summer Science Research Program at http://ssrp.owu.edu.

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Information for this story was provided by Ohio Wesleyan University.

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