Two biology students received Sigma Xi Awards at the 2015
IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum on April 8.
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
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.
to the students and their research advisors.
Photo: David Ampofo, Sigma
- First Place: “Are there interactive effects of maternal
5-HT2C inhibition and mouse pup handling on maternal care behavior?” with Daniel Widzowski, research advisor
Photo: Rebecca Kruise, Sigma
- 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