On Saturday, October 22, 2016, six MMC Biology majors traveled to Baltimore with Professor of Biology Ann Aguanno and Associate Professor of Chemistry Alessandra Leri for the 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. The symposium, which is held at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), attracts hundreds of student researchers from colleges and universities across the mid-Atlantic region every year.
Senior Rosie Wenrich presented a poster entitled “Tracing marine particulate organic carbon from primary production to sedimentation,” on research she conducted with Prof. Leri. Rosie edged out steep competition to win First Place Honors in her category (Chemical Sciences).
Junior Emma Kamen presented a poster entitled “Attenuated Total Reflectance-Infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy sheds light on a forensic mystery in Central Park,” on research she conducted with Prof. Leri.
Senior Taylor Allen presented a poster entitled “Investigating the mechanism of translesion synthesis by human DNA polymerase Kappa,” on research she conducted with Zane Younger ’16 and Professor of Chemistry Benedetta Sampoli Benitez.
Senior Elevit Perez presented a poster entitled “In silico exploration of the mechanism of translesion synthesis by DinB,” on research he conducted with Prof. Sampoli Benitez.
Lauren Herndon and Kevin Mora, two sophomores who conduct research with Prof. Aguanno, manned a table at the conference promoting the work of the Science Society, a student club at MMC, and the undergraduate research affiliate of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This experience was part of their preparation for an upcoming research presentation at the national Experimental Biology conference.
Congratulations to all of these students on a job well done!