Research projects

Students earn funds to support research projects in biology

Biology students at Southwestern Oklahoma State University recently received research grants to fund undergraduate research projects that they complete with faculty mentors. The recipients were, from left to right, Makayla Hicks, of Moore; Nicholas Bauer, of Guymon; Megan Strotman, from Oklahoma City; and Uzziah Urquiza, of Guymon.

Four biology students from Southwestern Oklahoma State University recently received funding from the Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological Sciences Honor Society to support their ongoing research projects.

The recipients were Makayla Hicks, of Moore; Megan Strotman, of Oklahoma City; and Nicolas bauer and Ozias Urquiza, both from Guymon.

Students wrote research proposals based on projects they worked on with faculty mentors. Hicks and Strotman are mentored by Dr Regina McGrane, Bauer is mentored by Dr Vijay Somalinga and Urquiza is mentored by Dr Pragya Sharma. Drs. McGrane, Somalinga and Sharma are all professors in SWOSU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Bauer’s proposal was as follows: “Structural and functional characterization of DNA binding proteins, Dps1 and Dps2 of Rhodococcus jostii RHA1”.

Hicks’ proposal was: “To assess factors impacting the pathogenicity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. “

Strotman’s proposal was: “Study of potential circadian oscillations in Pseudomonas syringae”.

Urquiza’s proposal was as follows: “Exploration of the molecular mechanism of the anticancer activity of novel lactate dehydrogenase inhibitors against the pancreatic cancer cell line, MIA PaCa-2. “

The proposals described the questions, objectives and research methods of the students. Students can use the donated funds to purchase supplies, support a stipend, and / or attend scientific meetings. As a requirement of their award, students will present their research results at the regional or national TriBeta convention.

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This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Achievers: Students Earn Funds to Support Research Projects