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Hendrix Biology Students Receive Research Grants

Chemistry studentsCONWAY, Ark. (November 6, 2013) – Two Hendrix students were awarded research grants from the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society.

Adam Bigott, a senior from Naperville, Ill., and Austin Wofford, a junior from Alma, Ark., were each awarded $525 to purchase laboratory supplies.

Bigott’s project is titled “Searching for Cryptic Species: Development and Application of PCR Primers for Nuclear Simple Sequence Repeats in Pinus ponderosa.”

Wofford’s proposal was “Investigating intra- and inter-specific relationships of ponderosa pine using mitochondrial DNA markers.”

“Both students have presented previous results at national conferences,” said Hendrix biology professor Dr. Ann Willyard. “This recognition and funding from the Beta Beta Beta honor society will allow each student to finish a project that will be ready for publication – an exciting accomplishment that will be very helpful as they search for graduate schools.”

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