Denison Biology Student Presents Research Poster on Capitol Hill
Posted: May 24, 2005
Denison University biology student, senior Lindsey Bostleman, was among 60 students nationally to present her scientific research poster in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill at a reception sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) on April 19. Bostelman was selected from several hundred nationwide applicants whose independent research projects were in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics. The National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, NASA and many other agencies -- federal, state and private, have funded the research. The press was invited to meet the students and view the posters.
The primary purpose of this meeting is to make congressional leaders aware of the importance in providing funding for undergraduate research. Bostelman is the first Denison student to be selected for this event. She has been working in the biology laboratory of Assistant Professor Jeff Thompson for the past year, last summer as an Anderson Scholar and this academic year as an honors research student. Her research has been to examine a potential connection between the structural organization of DNA within the cell, and the ability to repair DNA that has been damaged by UV radiation. Thompson and Bostelman will be co-authoring a paper on this work in the coming year.
As part of the conference, Bostelman and Thompson scheduled appointments with staff in various senatorial and congressional offices, to discuss with them their interest in further federal support for undergraduate research.
CUR is a national profession association representing faculty and administrators at nearly 1000 academic institutions. CUR, along with governmental and private partners, facilitates collaborative research by students and their faculty mentors. It works to provide students with a wide range of opportunities to learn science by doing it and provides faculty with opportunities to integrate research into their teaching.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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