Students Awarded Research Grants

Three St. Lawrence biology majors awarded Beta Beta Beta research grants.

Taylor Moon, Lalita Priyamvada and Eddie Richter have been awarded three research grants from Beta Beta Beta, a national biology honorary. The grants, totaling over $1200, will help fund their senior year research projects.

Ms. Taylor Moon ’12 will use the funding to study synthetic and natural anti-oxidants as anti-cancer treatments. Using a melanoma tumor cell line, she plans to observe how cellular metastasis is affected by antioxidant treatment. Taylor’s research mentor for this study is biology professor Karin Heckman.

Ms. Lalita Priyamvada ’12 will be using her funding to study the effects of the polycarbonate compound Bisphenol-A (BPA) and the herbicide atrazine on immune system development in Xenopus laevis tadpoles. She is interested in determining how exposure to these known endocrine disrupters affects the development of the thymus in pre-metamorphic animals. Lalita’s research mentors for this study are biology professors Karin Heckman and Alexander Schreiber.

Mr. Eddie Richter ’12 will use his funding to continue studying the roadside ecology of moss. He is interested in gaining a better understanding of the distribution patterns of disturbed soil mosses and possibly establishing indicator species for roadside health. This study is a continuation of Eddie’s SLU fellowship work under the guidance of biology professor Karl McKnight.

All three awardees are active members of the Alpha Iota chapter of Beta Beta Beta at St. Lawrence University. Beta Beta Beta biology honorary was founded in 1922 and is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study. The research grants are awarded by the national office and are intended to support undergraduate research by awarding cash scholarships annually to students conducting research.