Biology professor Daniel Widzowski was recognized by the African American Cultural Center for his support, dedication, and contributions to the students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Widzowski was nominated for this special recognition by David Ampofo and was presented with a
Certificate of Appreciation at the 25th annual Spring Pre-Commencement Reception and Awards Program.
Widzowski met Ampofo, a double major in psychology and biology, at the 2014 Undergraduate Scholars forum and discussed the student’s psychology research in cognitive behavior. Ampofo also shared his interests in other aspects of behavior and psychology with Widzowski.
Ampofo enrolled in two of Widzowski’s classes, Biology 481: Principles and Applications of Pharmacology and Biology 323: Introduction to Toxicology and Risk Assessment. Widzowski and Ampofo continued to discuss the student’s interest in neuroscience research.
In fall 2014 and spring 2015, Ampofo conducted neuroscience research in the Widzowski Lab and summarized his research in a poster titled “Are there interactive effects of maternal 5-HT2C inhibition and mouse pup handling on maternal care behavior?”
Ampofo’s research in the Widzowski Lab resulted in two significant research awards: the first place Sigma Xi Award at the 2015 IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum, and the first place Undergraduate Poster Award in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the 2015 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists (CPUB)
Ampofo will continue to follow his interests in cognitive behavior and psychology as he begins his doctoral studies in neuroscience at the University of Maryland in fall 2015.
David Ampofo (left) and Daniel Widzowski celebrating David’s first place Sigma Xi Award.