Hendrix SnapShots: Summer Researchers

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This summer Hendrix students participated in various summer research projects on campus. The students assisted Hendrix professors from seven departments including biology, psychology and chemistry.

DR. ANDREA DUINA, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY:

The students are exposed to scientific thinking, and they are involved in the design of experiments, the execution of experiments and the interpretation of data. In my laboratory we study the very basic aspects of how genes are used by cells. We use a baker's yeast as the model system to understand cell biology in general. We are working on different projects related to the question

SERENA MURPHY '15, PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR:

This summer I've been working with Dr. Penner and Dr. Peszka, and we've been doing psychology research. The data was collected over the past few years. It's funded by an Odyssey grant that they both received. It's on sleep deprivation and sex and mating strategies.

PLES SPRADLEY '14, BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY MAJOR:

This summer I'm working with Dr. Kopper in the biochemistry lab and we're using an Odyssey professorship to study individual coral snake venoms and how they vary among the difference snakes.

COURTNEY BASS '14, PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR:

We've been using skills that we've been learning in classes for the past two years but in this kind of setting where we're applying it every single day and we get to practice it, that gives you a lot more confidence in your actual abilities to use those skills in a potential research position.

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For more information about research at Hendrix, visit www.hendrix.edu/research.