SRA students shine in Fall 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium

Kristina Lackey, 2013 Fall Engaged Learning Symposium

Junior biological sciences major Kristina Lackey shows her work at SMU’s 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium. Lackey received a Summer Research Assistantship from the University to investigate Polycomb-group proteins linked to highly aggressive forms of cancer.

Undergraduate student researchers took center stage during SMU’s 2013 Family Weekend as part of the University’s Engaged Learning Symposium.

The students presented findings from their 2013 Summer Research Assistantships, which allow them to earn up to $4,000 pursuing their research interests full-time during the summer months.

For its second fall symposium, the Office of Engaged Learning wanted to include student engagement that happens across campus programs, says Director Susan Kress. “We are delighted that our colleagues in Undergraduate Research accepted our invitation to host their students’ work.”

Presenting SRAs, projects and faculty mentors included:

  • Adam Gannon, junior biological sciences/economics major, “The Role of Peroxiredoxins in Conferring Resistance to Various Environmental Stressors in Drosophila melanogaster.” Faculty mentors: Sveta Radyuk and William Orr, Biological Sciences.
  • Eugene Kim, sophomore biological sciences/chemistry major, “Redesigning Carbapenem Antibiotics to Evade beta-Lactamase Mediated Bacterial Resistance.” Faculty mentor: John Buynak, Chemistry.
  • Kristina Lackey, junior biological sciences major, “De novo Establishment of Polycomb-mediated Repression.” Faculty mentor: Rick Jones, Biological Sciences.
  • Ryan Tanner, junior computer science and engineering major, “Iris Recognition and Biometric Security.” Faculty mentor: Delores Etter, Computer Science and Engineering.
  • Maria Villamil Rodriguez, senior computer science and engineering/mathematics major, “Collecting and Analyzing SEC-mandated Cybersecurity Disclosures.” Faculty mentor: Tyler Moore, Computer Science and Engineering.

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