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K-State Today

January 30, 2014

Three students earn research honors at biomedical research symposium

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Three Kansas State University students earned honors at the 12th annual Kansas Institutional Development Awards Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Symposium, Jan. 18-19.

The symposium is part of the Kansas Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, or K-INBRE initiative, to identify and recruit promising college science students into careers in biomedical research in Kansas. Led by the University of Kansas Medical Center, 10 campuses in Kansas — including K-State — and northern Oklahoma are a part of this collaborative network.

Students worked in laboratories alongside scientist mentors to develop research projects. The projects give students early hands-on experience in putting the scientific method into practice. Their research findings were presented at the symposium.

Award winners included:

  • Tara N. Marriage, postdoctoral scholar and research associate in biology, second place for her oral presentation "The evolution of life cycle gene expression in the Volvocine algae: toward a molecular understanding of multi-cellular evolution."
  • Wren Michaels, junior in microbiology, received $100 for her poster, "Generation of mosquito cells with enhanced antiviral activities."
  • Erin Peel, junior in microbiology, received honorable mention for her oral presentation "The extracellular protease network that regulates malaria mosquito immunity."