Drs. Chris Barton and Jennifer Thomas, biology and two of their students, Sarah Anderson and Anna Margaret McDonnell, both senior biology majors, recently traveled to the University of Memphis in to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR, established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students.
With more than 4,000 undergraduate students in attendance, this is the largest annual gathering of undergraduate research students. Anderson presented her senior research project, “Examining the Effect of Convallatoxin, a Cardiac Glycoside, on the Growth of Colorectal Cancer Cells” and McDonnell presented her senior research project, “Anti-proliferative Effects of Epigallocatechin-gallate and Enoxacin on Cervical Cancer-derived Cells in Culture.”
Barton and Thomas participated in the Faculty-Administrator Network Sessions and led a workshop entitled, “Envisioning, Implementing, and Assessing a Required Undergraduate Research Program in Biology.”