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SFA students to present during chemistry and biochemistry research symposium

April 24, 2018 - University Marketing Communications
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Fifteen Stephen F. Austin State University seniors from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will participate in a research symposium beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Math Building.

"In our undergraduate research experience, all students pick a research topic and faculty mentor according to their personal interest and career goals," said Dr. Michele Harris, professor and assistant chair of the department.

Students are required to engage in research for a minimum of two semesters, presenting their findings at the symposium to a group of alumni evaluators. The top three presenters will receive a scholarship of $100.

A panel of alumni will answer career questions from current students after the presentations, followed by student award recognition and a dinner.

Topics to be presented include the development of new therapy for cancer treatment, synthesis of sensors for detecting toxins in water and the development of active-learning, inquiry-based laboratories.

"Mentored undergraduate research provides students a transformative learning experience and assists students in developing professional skills needed for their future careers," Harris said.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Harris at mharris@sfasu.edu.