Rosemont College students, Saarah Hussain and Hailey Summa, accompanied by their mentor Dr. Aikaterini Skokotas co-presented at the 16th Annual Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC) on Saturday, October 26. They presented their research poster titled "Assessing the effectiveness of sunscreens against UV light" from their spring Microbiology Honors project and received second prize at the Symposium.
Now in its sixteenth year, the Symposium invites mentor-approved contributions from undergraduates investigating any aspect of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry. These advances are disseminated in a daylong event featuring two poster sessions with posters judged by panels of participating mentors and other qualified attendees. Judges ranked first and second place posters in each category with non-financial awards presented at the event’s end.
“I am very proud of my students’ achievement. They did an outstanding job presenting their research project at this national meeting and representing Rosemont College alongside many other well known colleges and research universities. I commend my students on a superb job.” said Dr. Aikaterini Skokotas, associate professor and Chair of the biology department.
Hussain, who co-presented “Assessing the effectiveness of sunscreens against UV light” with Summa, called the experience of the symposium “a great way to have the opportunity to talk to other professors and students who were interested in my work or who were working on similar projects.”
Summa concurred: “We met several students doing some fascinating research, allowing us to compare notes about experiences as students at very different types of colleges and return to our lab with a sharpened understanding of how we can improve our own lab experiences.”
This Symposium seeks to display the diverse array of student-committed endeavors and foster the communication of their relevant novel results and concepts. The interface between Chemistry and Biology is a diffuse, dynamic and rapidly expanding frontier that seeks to explore the molecular basis for biological phenomena. Highly productive undergraduate researchers are actively engaged in research across and beyond this interface.
This student-focused symposium was sponsored by National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS/NIH) and hosted by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences with the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Over 400 people attended the October 26, 2013 Symposium.