West Virginia State University Students’ Work Featured at Undergraduate Research Day

Contact: Kimberly Osborne
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Feb. 16, 2017
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West Virginia State University Students’ Work Featured at Undergraduate Research Day
INSTITUTE, W.Va. — Thirteen West Virginia State University (WVSU) students will be showcasing their research at the State Capitol as part of the 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Day Friday, Feb. 24.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. until noon in the State Capitol rotunda, and will feature research posters from students that attend colleges and universities throughout the state.

WVSU student research on display will include the following:
  • Hunter Aliff, “Bumble Bee Diversity Trends of West Virginia;”
  • Hunter Armstead, “Truffle Abundance and Diversity in the Forests of West Virginia;”
  • Edwina Barnett, “
  • Morgan Bright, “Ligand Synthesis for Aqueous Metal Detection;”
  • Miranda Buckley, “In Vitro Effects of Coal Dust on Mammalian Cell Proliferation and Progesterone Receptor Expression;”
  • Kimberly Cavender, “Effects of Biochar on Soil Respiration and Carbon Sequestration;”
  • Leslie Garcia, “Endocrine Disrupting Effects of Arsenic in Water;”
  • Bandana Ghimire, “Identification and Validation of Microbial Community Involved in Watermelon Fruit Development;”
  • Dylan Jayasuriya, “Estrogenic Effects of Coal Dust;”
  • John Lucas, “Use of Spent Horizontal Directional Drilling Mud as Soil Amendment;”
  • Saira Rizwan,”Building a Ribosomal Database for Anthobothrium from Sharks;”
  • Umer Rizwan, Saira Rizwan, Laura Miller, Danford Smith and Dr. Marek Krasnansky, “WVSU Participation in NASA Space Flight Design Challenge;” and
  • Elijah Roberts, “Nanosilver: An Effective Treatment for Intracellular Bacterial Infections.”
Undergraduate Research Day is sponsored by WVSU, Marshall University, West Virginia University and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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