Matthew Monhart | St. Lawrence University Biology

Matthew Monhart

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Wilmette, Illinois
Member of Beta Beta Beta and Pi Mu Epsilon, General Biology Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant in Dr. Schreiber’s Endocrinology lab, Peer mentor and Commons College Resident

Over the past summer (2015), I was lucky enough to receive a fellowship from the Endocrine Society to study the effects that exogenous hormones and the pesticide atrazine have on vertebrate immune system. My Mentor, Dr. Alexander Schreiber, guided me through the process of conducting experiments, assessing data and making relevant conclusions. A unique aspect of research at St. Lawrence is that undergraduates conduct the majority of the research independently, while their mentor monitors their progress and technique. I am currently finishing up my research project for my SYE and will be presenting my findings at the annual Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology (SCIB) conference. Research opportunities are one of the most valuable qualities St. Lawrence has to offer, it truly gives students an insight on what medical and scientific research is like before entering the field full time. Outside of the classroom, I have been a member of commons college since my sophomore year. Commons college is a theme house that focuses on group learning and community involvement. Additionally, every member of the house takes a half credit class together each semester. As a house, we decide a topic and determine a curriculum with our faculty advisor, Josh Exoo. Every semester the topic of the class changes and has covered everything from racial discrimination to mental health. In addition to class, the house has close relations to the Little River School in Canton, a local school in which we raise money for and help conduct classes and activities.