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Seniors Present Science Research at 2012 SERYM Meeting

CONWAY, Ark. (March 30, 2012) - Four Hendrix College students attended the 19th Annual Southeastern Regional Yeast Meeting (SERYM) February 24-26 at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

The students are:

  • Katie Allison, a senior biology major from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jasmine Haller, a senior biology major from Rogers, Ark.
  • Malena Outhay, a senior biochemistry molecular biology major from Alma, Ark.
  • Trang Nguyen, a senior biochemistry molecular biology major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

All four students were awarded NSF supported travel grants. The students were accompanied by Dr. Andrea Duina, associate professor of biology.

Allison and Outhay co-presented a very well-received poster titled "Genetic evidence for the involvement of the TOR complex 1 in transcription elongation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae."  

Nguyen presented her research titled "Identification of a nucleosomal region required for the proper distribution of the transcription elongation factor Spt16 across transcribed genes in S. cerevisiae"
and was awarded an "Outstanding Talk Award" in the undergraduate student category.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 "Best Buy" private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit