Students receive honors at biology meetings
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5:38 p.m., May 15, 2009----Fourteen UD undergraduates and four UD faculty attended the Experimental Biology meetings, held last month in New Orleans, and nine students brought home awards. The trip was sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Science Education Program at UD.

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At the EB2009 Meeting, students participated in an undergraduate poster competition sponsored by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). Since 2001, UD students have received more awards in this competition than students from any other college or university, and that winning tradition continued this year, with UD students winning one of four first-place awards and two honorable mentions.

Winning first place in the poster competition was Amber Majid, a senior from Reading, Pa.; and honorable mentions went to Sander Frank, a senior from Johnstown, Pa., and Stephanie Myrick, a senior from Newark, Del.

Also at the meeting, Obinna Mmagu, a senior from Newark, Del., received an NIH MARC Travel Award and was the only UD undergraduate invited to give an oral presentation in addition to his poster presentation.

In addition, five students received ASBMB travel awards: Christina Antonopoulos, a senior from York, Pa.; Matthew Richards, a senior from Newark, Del.; Kathryn Teixeira, a senior from Glassboro, N.J.; Ryan Wilson, a senior from Northampton, Pa., and Meghan Woods, a senior from West Chester, Pa.

In addition, the UD Chapter of the ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliates received the outstanding Chapter Award for the Northeast region, and President Woods and Vice President Wilson were there to receive the award.