Biology Majors Win Research Awards at 67th Eastern Colleges Science Conference

Danielle Gallagher ’13 and Kevin Hess ’15 with their project “Does Mismatch Repair Prevent Sodium Nitrite-Induced Mutations?"

News Story: May 1, 2013

Twenty-five Sacred Heart University biology majors who performed research this past year recently traveled with 10 of their faculty mentors to Providence College in Providence, R.I., for the 67th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC). Hosted by a different college each year, including Sacred Heart in 2011, this regional research conference showcases the talents of undergraduates in the natural and social sciences, math, engineering and computer science through both oral and poster presentations.

Three groups of students won awards for outstanding poster in their specific categories. Danielle Gallagher ’13 and Kevin Hess ’15, mentored by Professor Suzanne Deschenes, won in the Molecular Biology category for their project entitled “Does Mismatch Repair Prevent Sodium Nitrite-Induced Mutations?” Matthew Cole ’15 and David Mandeville ’13, mentored by Professors Mark Beekey, Jennifer Mattei and Adam Rudman, won in Ecology for their “Population Dynamics of Horseshoe Crabs, Limulus polyphemus, in Long Island Sound.” Annalise Lawrence ’13, Lindsey Schoeplein ’13, Sarah Dewolf ’15, Cassandra Gaylor ’14 and Danielle Beier ’15, mentored by Professors Barbara Pierce and Deirdre Yeater (psychology), won in Organismal Biology for “Influence of Environmental Enrichment on North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) Behavior and Stress Hormone Levels.” Caitlin Neary ’13, mentored by Professor John Rapaglia, won an award for excellence for her paper “GIS Analysis of Land Use Change and its Impact on Lesina Lagoon, Italy.” 

All the students who attended the ECSC meeting will also be presenting their research at the Academic Festival on May 1 in the Pitt Center from 1:30-3:30 p.m.