Thursday, February 07, 2013

SMU sends student researchers to Scholars at the Capitol Feb. 19

WINONA, Minn. — Three students from Saint Mary’s University will head to the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to present the results of their independent research and creative scholarship at the annual Minnesota Private College Scholars at the Capitol event.

The Minnesota Private College Council hosts this event to publicize and celebrate the achievements of just a few of the thousands of students who attend 15 private schools of higher learning in Minnesota, and to share research that may have long-term implications for Minnesotans.

This event — to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — will showcase current research projects completed by 37 undergraduate scholars from Minnesota private colleges and universities. Saint Mary’s students attending this year’s event include:

• Kristen Thelen and Sabrina Bushlack on “The Effects of In Utero Atrazine Exposure
 on RBC, PCV and Erythropoietin Levels in
 the Serum, Spleen, Kidney and Heart of Mice.”

• Mary Gerty on “Relationships Between Plant Richness, Area and Leafy Spurge Cover in Winona Goat Prairies.”

Their advisors are Dr. Deb Martin, biology professor, and Dr. Moni Berg-Binder, biology assistant professor. Dr. Martin will accompany the students.

The event is free and open to the public.