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McNair Scholars Present at National Research Conference

CONTACT: Dr. Rodney L. Klein, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Director, McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Present at National Research Conference

Athens, W.Va. – Four McNair Scholars represented Concord University and Bluefield State College at the 2007 University of Maryland National Undergraduate Research Conference in March.

The following students submitted posters outlining research projects, including: Laura Canton, Bel Air, Md., (Biology) - The Use of Macroinvertebrates as a Biological Indicator to Determine the Water Quality of an Urban West Virginia Stream; Mentor: Dr. Tom Ford, Assistant Professor of Biology (Concord University)

Michelle Drake, Rosedale, Va., (Recombinant Gene Technology) - Bioactivity of Extracts Prepared from Hieracium venosum; Mentor: Dr. Darrell Crick, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Concord University)

Patience Hall, Bluefield, (Applied Science) - Gene Expression Profiles of Toll-Like Receptors (TLRS) 2 and 4 During Chlamydia Infection in a Mouse Model

Mentor: Dr. Tesfaye Belay, Assistant Professor of Research (Bluefield State College)

Nick Massey, Princeton, (Psychology) - Locus of Control and How it is Related to an Appalachian Population’s Health Beliefs; Mentor: Mr. Bob Rhodes, Assistant Professor of Psychology (Concord University)

According to Dr. Rod Klein, director of the McNair Scholars program at Concord University, “A national conference such as this offers Scholars an invaluable opportunity to experience life and academia outside of West Virginia.” Presenters share their research with faculty and fellow undergraduates from throughout the county. Scholars also attend workshops related to graduate education, visit area attractions, and participate in a graduate school fair.”