Chris Griffey, Jen Purks and Jenny Marvin win research awards

Undergraduate researchers win awards at the URC and The Chapman Medal from the Dept. of Biology

The Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) was held from April 7-9, 2014; this 3-day conference included a keynote address by Dr. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, as well as undergraduate student oral and poster presentations.  Neurobiology major Christopher Griffey (C’14) earned the award for best oral presentation and Biology of Global Health major Jennifer Purks (C’14) garnered the award for best poster presentation.

Graduating senior Jennifer Marvin was awarded the Chapman medal at the Department of Biology’s undergraduate awards ceremony following the RISE poster session on Saturday April 12, 2014.  Jenny is a member of Steve Singer’s laboratory, and she presented her work on the construction of genetically modified Giardia that express the ovalbumin gene.  This Giardia strain can stimulate T-cells and allows analysis of antigen-specific cell responses. 

Congratulations to Jenny, Jen, and Chris!