Biology Students Receive Sigma Xi Awards

Posted on 4/23/2015 11:34:27 AM

Two biology students received Sigma Xi Awards at the 2015 IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum on April 8.

David Ampofo is a senior in the Widzowski Lab majoring in psychology and biology who became interested in his research topic, the interactive effects of neurotransmitter signaling and rodent pup handling on maternal care behavior and subsequent responses to stress in the pups, based on readings in his classes and discussions with faculty. David is excited about having a career in psychology and neuroscience research and will pursue his interest in a doctoral program at the University of Maryland in fall 2015.

Rebecca Kruise is an environmental health major in her junior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has been a member of Tom Simmons’ Disease and Vector Ecology Lab since fall 2013. Rebecca has been studying the population biology of the blacklegged tick, which vectors the Lyme disease pathogen in Western Pennsylvania. A manuscript based on her work has been submitted to the Journal of Medical Entomology for publication.

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, is the international honor society of science and engineering founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chapter was chartered in 1969.

Congratulations to the students and their research advisors.

Dr. Daniel Widzowski and David Ampofo
Photo: David Ampofo, Sigma Xi Award - First Place: “Are there interactive effects of maternal 5-HT2C inhibition and mouse pup handling on maternal care behavior?” with Daniel Widzowski, research advisor 

Dr. Tom Simmons and Rebecca Kruise
Photo: Rebecca Kruise, Sigma Xi Award - Second Place: “Seasonal Activity and Density of Ixodes scapularis and Infection Prevalence of Borelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Babesia microti Pre- and Post-Winter in Mid-western Pennsylvania” with Thomas Simmons, research advisor

Department of Biology