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Hendrix Students Participate in Research Event at State Capitol

CONWAY, Ark. (February 27, 2018) – Five Hendrix College students on February 14 participated in the annual event Undergraduate Research Posters at the Arkansas State Capitol. More than 120 students from colleges and universities statewide converged in Little Rock to present their work and interact with public officials.

The Hendrix students presenting research were:

  • Lindsey Barrett ’19 of Batesville, Arkansas; mentored by Dr. Jennifer Dearolf; Poster Title: Fiber-type composition of bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) locomotor muscle
  • Anna Sharabura ’18 of Little Rock, Arkansas; mentored by Dr. Laura MacDonald; Poster Title: Collagen Increases Proliferation and Drug Resistance of Papillary Thyroid Cancer Cells Harboring BRAFV600E Mutations
  • Heather Prowse ’18 of Vilonia, Arkansas; mentored by Dr. Andrea Duina; Poster Title: The Role of DNA Sequences in Controlling Interaction Between a Transcription Factor and Genes in Budding Yeast
  • Emma Sward ’20 of St. Louis, Missouri; mentored by Dr. David Hales; Poster Title: Measurement of the activation parameters for fragmentation at penultimate proline in three tetrapeptides
  • Graham Harris ’18 of Portland, Oregon; mentored by Dr. Andrea Duina; Poster Title: Understanding the mechanisms that regulate the dissociation of FACT from genes following transcription

Both of the students that biology professor Dr. Andrea Duina mentored for the research presented at the Capitol used budding yeast cells in their studies.

“Because yeast cells are in many ways similar to human cells, results stemming from their work will have implications on human biology as well,” he said. He noted that the students took care to explain their research in ways that those without extensive backgrounds in molecular biology and genetics could appreciate. “After speaking to Graham and Heather following the event, it was apparent that they both very much enjoyed their experience and were grateful to have had the opportunity to share their excitement for science with others.”

In addition to serving as a mentor to one of the students who presented, chemistry professor Dr. David Hales contacted Conway-area legislators via Twitter to remind them to stop by the event. They did visit, and later tweeted compliments to the participants for their work.

“We want our legislators to recognize the importance of higher education to the future prosperity of Arkansas,” Hales said. “For me, that concern goes well beyond just STEM fields: the arts, humanities, and social science fields are also vital to our competitiveness on the national stage. When government officials meet our students face-to-face and hear them talk about their work, it makes a huge impression. I believe this helps to keep higher education on their minds while they make funding decisions.”

About Hendrix College

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