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Student Research Experiences

Skanchy Student Research Award: Citadel Students may apply for up to $1200 in funding to support research with Citadel faculty of the Biology Department
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Citadel Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)

The Biology Department is implementing a new distinctive model of research experience for cadets known as CURE. This is an innovative four-year leadership in research model which parallels the Krause center’s leadership model and differs from the typical one-summer or senior-year research experience at most institutions. Freshman will learn technical writing, presentation skills, ethics in research, and obtain an introduction to cutting-edge research in their major. Sophomores will volunteer with research and outreach activities. Juniors will develop independent research or internship plans, and execute their independent research projects under the supervision of their faculty advisor their senior year.

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Student Research Presentations

Graduate Student Carly Bess Williams presented a poster titled “Water Quality and Fecal Coliform Levels in Georgia Oxbow Lakes Relative to Connectivity with the Savannah River” at the Carolinas Regional Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting in Clemson, SC on April 25, 2014.  She won Second Place.  She was mentored by Drs. John Weinstein and Claudia Rocha.

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Cadets Kyle Page, Zachary Ford, and Andrianna Love (not pictured here) presented a poster titled “Antibacterial Properties of Citrus Extract” at the Citadel Student Research Conference on March 14, 2014.  These cadets were mentored by Drs. Lisa Zuraw, Kristy Johnson, and Claudia Rocha.  Funding for this study was provided by Dr. Hank Cross.

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Cadet Marianna Garcia Torres presented a poster titled “Analysis of Antibiotic Resistance Profile of Environmental E. coli strains to Determine if of Animal or Human Origin” at the Citadel Student Research Conference on March 14, 2014. She was mentored by Dr. Claudia Rocha.

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Graduate Student Austin Gray presented a poster titled “Characterizing the Sensitivity of Daphnia magna to “Green” Home and Personal Care Products: Linking Product Formulation to Hazard” at the 34th Annual North American Meeting of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting in Nashville, TN on Nov. 19, 2013.  His presentation won Second Place among all of the Master’s level students presenting at the conference.  He also presented this research at the Citadel Student Research Conference on March 14, 2014, where he won First Place among graduate students.  He was mentored by Dr. John Weinstein.

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Cadets Joaquin Marquez and Blake Holt presented a poster titled “The Hunt for Histone H3: Evidence that Core Histone H3 is targeted to the mitochondria and related to apoptosis in Bos primigenius and Drosophila melanogaster” at the Citadel Student Research Conference on March 14, 2014. They were mentored by Dr. Kathy Zanin.

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Graduate Student Rachelle Riegerix gave a platform presentation titled “Assessing the Potential Hazards of Polyethylene Microspheres on Grass Shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio” at the Carolinas Regional Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting in Clemson, SC on April 25, 2014.  She was mentored by Dr. John Weinstein.

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Cadets Charles Fyfe, Eric Benfield, and Barrett Bradham presented a poster titled “Long-Term Study of Cortisol as a Biomarker for Chronic and Acute Stressors” at the Tri-Beta Southeastern District Meeting on April 3, 2014 in Spartanburg, SC.  They won Honorable Mention for the John C. Johnson Excellence in Research Award from Tri-Beta. It is also worth mentioning that Charles Fyfe applied for, and was awarded, funds from Tri-Beta to conduct this research. They also presented their research at the Citadel Student Research Conference on March 14, 2014. They were mentored by Dr. Kristy Johnson.

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Cadets Sarah Katchen and Jane Ma presented a poster titled “Core Histone H3 Targets to Mitochondria in Multiple Eukaryotic Species: Evolutionary Conservation Worth Further Examination” at the National Meeting of the American Society of Cell Biology in New Orleans on Dec. 14, 2013  They were mentored by Dr. Kathy Zanin.

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Cadets Johnathan Overcash and Erik Usher presented a poster titled “Wetland Assessment: An Ecological Analysis of the Faircloth Property on the Black River” at the Citadel Student Research Conference on March 14, 2014.  Their poster won First Place among undergraduate students.  They were mentored by Dr. Joel Gramling. Funding for this project was provided by Dr. Mir Nasim (‘82).

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Cadets Steven Woodyard and Duncan Rhoad (not pictured here) presented a poster titled “Developing ex situ Protocols for the Germination, Propogation and Cultivation of Schwalbea americana” at the Tri-Beta Southeastern District Meeting on April 3, 2014 in Spartanburg, SC.  They also presented this research at the Citadel Student Research Conference on March 14, 2014.  They were mentored by Dr. Danny Gustafson.

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