Congratulations to Student and Faculty NASA Scholarship Winners
The following BSC undergraduate student-faculty pairs have been awarded NASA-sponsored funding for research projects:
Nicholas Nolan working with Dr. Piyali Dasgupta on Anti-invasive Activity of Non-pungent Capsaicin Compounds; Maya Menking-Hoggatt working with Dr. Nadja Spitzer on Effects of Silver Nanoparticles on the Wnt Pathway in Adult Neural Stem Cell Differentiation; Amanda White working with Dr. Derrick Kolling on Using Directed Evolution to Increase Lipid Formation in Chlorella vulgaris for use in Biofuels; and Clarissa Schauseil working with Dr. Marty Laubach on Appalachian Culture and STEM.
Congratulations to all the students and faculty who have worked on their preliminary research and their proposals, which made it possible to apply for these awards. Watch for Sigma Xi Research Day in the spring, when these students will be presenting their research posters in the hallways of the Science Building!
Scholarships Available from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
More than 90 different scholarships are available from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Scholarships have various selection criteria, so scan those available to find out whether one is appropriate for you! There are several that are specific to science and math majors, and some, such as the Leopold and Elizabeth Marmet scholarship, that are available to either undergraduate or graduate students. Many of the scholarships are based on need; for the 2015-2016 academic year, a total of $696,675 was awarded to 398 West Virginia students.
The application will be available online on November 1, so it's not too early to begin reading each scholarship's requirements, and gathering your materials. The deadline for application is January 15, 2016; notification letters are sent to scholarship recipients in May 2016.
Are You Looking for a Research Internship or Capstone?
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program offers a wide variety of paid research internships around the US. Students work with scientists on the laboratories' ongoing research; internships last either 10 weeks during the summer, or 16 weeks during the spring or fall. Visit SULI online to see a list of participating laboratories and their research, to read about the program, and to explore the FAQ. Although laboratories begin reviewing summer applications in February, SULI is an ongoing program.
What’s New in Biological Science:Restoring vision with stem cells. (October 6, 2015; Université de Montréal via http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151006085213.htm.) Age-related macular degeneration (AMRD) could be treated by transplanting photoreceptors produced by the directed differentiation of stem cells, thanks to findings published today by Professor Gilbert Bernier of the University of Montreal and its affiliated Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. ARMD is a common eye problem caused by the loss of cones. Bernier's team has developed a highly effective in vitro technique for producing light sensitive retina cells from human embryonic stem cells. "Our method has the capacity to differentiate 80% of the stem cells into pure cones," Professor Gilbert explained. "Within 45 days, the cones that we allowed to grow towards confluence spontaneously formed organised retinal tissue that was 150 microns thick. This has never been achieved before."
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