Biology students win Pennsylvania Academy of Science research awards

Posted on 4/4/2019 8:52:23 AM

IUP Biology students were awarded recognition and funding for their research proposals at last weekend's annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

At the conference, multiple students and faculty from Department of Biology attended and presented their research.

Daniel Dudek (advisor: Josiah Townsend) won the Best Graduate Poster Presentation award for his research project entitled “Patterns of matrilineal evolution of neotropical leopard frogs (Ranidae: Rana: Pantherana.)” 

The following students received word that their research proposals had been selected for Pennsylvania Academy of Science funding:

  • Rebeccah Bailey (advisor: Paul Nealen): “Survivability of Rehabilitated Fox Squirrels, Sciurus niger vulpinus”
  • Daniel Dudek (advisor: Josiah Townsend): “Unraveling the Evolution and Taxonomy of Pacific Coast Leopard Frogs (Ranidae: Rana: Pantherana)”
  • Madeline Mark (advisor: Megan Knoch): “Analysis of Lipid Peroxidation in Euglycemic and Hyperglycemic Red Blood Cells”
  • Brandon Michalides (advisor: Seema Bharathan): “Comparison of isolates in Anastomosis Group 13 of the Plant Pathogenic Fungus Rhizoctonia solani”
  • Mariana Valenzuela (advisor: Paul Nealen): “To Sleep, the First Step Towards an Optimal Athletic and Cognitive Performance”
  • Jenny Willis (advisor: Daniel Widzowski): “The impact of a modified ketogenic diet on autoimmunity in a murine model of multiple sclerosis”

Congratulations to all of the awardees!