2008 News Articles-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Biological Sciences Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate and Undergraduate Students Participate in Meeting of the Minds

May 12, 2008

Carnegie Mellon University's 2008 Annual Meeting of the Minds Symposium LogoThe 13th annual Meeting of the Minds, a symposium celebrating undergraduate research, was held on May 7, 2008. Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, this event allows undergraduates to display their quality research to the entire Carnegie Mellon community.

Through poster and oral presentations, 26 Biological Sciences undergraduates participated in this year’s event. Two undergraduates, Gregory Newby and Rohit Ramnath, were named as runners-up within the Sigma Xi poster competition portion of the event, which included 59 posters created by 85 students. Newby presented a poster entitled “Research and Development of Protease Biosensors Using scFv Constructs;” his advisor was Dr. Peter Berget. Ramnath entered the poster, “Development of Neural Networks in Mouse Accessory Olfactory Bulb” and his advisor was Dr. Nathan Urban.

To view a complete list of presentations from all 26 Biological Sciences undergraduate students, visit http://www.cmu.edu/bio/currentevents/spring08jc.shtml.

In addition to encouraging its undergraduates to present their research, the Biological Sciences department supported this outreach event in numerous capacities. Emily Stark, Associate Teaching Professor and Vice President of the Carnegie Mellon Chapter of Sigma Xi, served as organizer of the competition. Graduate student Corey Flynn, postdoctoral fellows Joseph Ayoob, Elane Fishilevich and Jelena Janjic, and faculty members Amy Burkert, Veronica Hinman and Mark Macbeth, were among the judges.

Ayoob stated, "As a first time judge at the Meeting of the Minds symposium, and as a relative newcomer to Carnegie Mellon, I was not quite sure what to expect from the students' poster presentations. In a word, I was impressed. The students’ firm grasp of the high-level science they were engaged in was only eclipsed by the effort and enthusiasm that they put into in their presentations. For me, overall, it was a first-rate experience. I look forward to interacting with another batch of bright young scientists next year.”

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