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Biology Students Present Research to Local, State, and National Audiences

CONWAY, Ark. (November 6, 2013) – Four Hendrix science students presented the results of their undergraduate research to campus, state, and national audiences.

With financial support from an Arkansas Department of Higher Education Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship and from the Hendrix Odyssey program, four students were able to conduct full-time summer research in the laboratory of Hendrix biology professor Dr. Ann Willyard.

They concluded their research projects by presenting results at two conventions and one on-campus event.

First, the students attended the Central Arkansas Undergraduate Research Symposium at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark., this summer. This fall, they attended the national Botany conference in New Orleans, La.

The student researchers:

  • Adam Bigott, a senior from Naperville, Ill.
  • Dalton Hoose, a junior from Parsons, Kan.
  • Joshua Smith, a senior from Conway, Ark.
  • Austin Wofford, a junior from Alma, Ark.

At both venues, Bigott gave an oral presentation. Hoose, Smith, and Wofford presented posters. Hoose was an invited speaker at the September meeting of the Hendrix Biological Society.

“Summer research is an incredibly valuable experience for undergraduate students” said Willyard. “It gives them a chance to focus exclusively on their research project. Each of these four students used this time to great advantage, making a substantial contribution to science. Presenting their research, first to regional scientists, then to national scientists, allowed them to experience the joy of sharing their findings with interested and supportive scientists who recognize them as true colleagues.”

“The Botany conference was a great exposure to the exciting research going on around the world and being an active part of this experience was very eye-opening” said Wofford.

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