CONWAY, Ark. (October 19,
2017) – Six Hendrix undergraduate students presented their research at the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Southeast Regional Institutional
Development Award (IDeA) Meeting, held October 11-13 at West Virginia
University in Morgantown, West Virginia, with two receiving awards for their
work. Students and faculty from six states and Puerto Rico attended the IDeA
meeting to discuss best practices and share ideas to promote biomedical
Each student presented a
poster that described her summer research in the following laboratory settings:
Gilmour ’19, a biochemistry
and molecular biology major from Phoenix, Arizona; Kaersti McLellan ’19, a biology major from Fort Smith, Arkansas; and
Megan Hunter ’18, a biochemistry and
molecular biology major from Lake Charles, Louisiana: lab of Dr. Andrew
Schurko, Department of Biology, Hendrix College.
Stone ’18, a biochemistry
and molecular biology major from Little Rock, Arkansas: lab of Dr. Jeffrey
Lewis, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas Fayetteville. Stone
received second place for her poster in the Cell Signaling division.
Seminara ’18, a
biochemistry and molecular biology major from Maumelle, Arkansas: lab of Dr.
Howard Hendrickson, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS),
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Murdoch ’18, a
neuroscience major from Atkins, Arkansas: lab of Dr. Antiño Allen, UAMS,
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Division of Radiation Health. Murdoch earned
a first place award for her poster in the Neuroscience division.
“These students made a very
strong showing at the conference,” said Dr. Andrew Schurko, Associate Professor
of Biology, who accompanied the students and also presented a poster on
research contributions from several past and present Hendrix students in his
lab. “Their research labs at Hendrix College and UAMS were well represented. It
is fulfilling to see our students so engaged with their research projects, not
only in the summer months but also during the academic year.”
Hendrix College attendees at
the IDeA Meeting were, from left: Dr. Andrew Schurko, Moira Murdoch, Taylor
Stone, Megan Hunter, Emily Seminara, Sarah Gilmour, and Kaersti McLellan.
A private liberal arts
college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as
one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That
Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and
rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous
college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.