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BMB Faculty Members Win Program Awards During Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science

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BMB Faculty Members Win Program Awards During Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS)Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS) is a collaborative effort between ECoS and the Penn State Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program.  The mission of the SEECoS program is to provide first-generation, economically-challenged high school students with an opportunity to participate in a research project hosted by the Eberly College of Science faculty. 

Dr. Teh-hui Kao, Dr. Tom Mallouk, Dr. Zhi-Chun Lai supervised students for a 6-week long research project. With the help of their graduate and undergraduate mentors, the students worked on their projects, wrote a research paper, and professionally presented their results in a judged symposium.

BMB faculty member Dr. Teh-hui Kao, mentors Wasi Khatri and Sierra Serfass, and UBMS students Vu Nguyen, and Lauryn Gierchak, received 1st place for their research project titled, “Self-Incompatibility, a Self/Non-Self Recognition Mechanism Employed by Flowering Plants to Prevent Inbreeding.”

2nd Place was awarded to Chemistry and BMB faculty member Dr. Tom Mallouk, mentors Rosemary Veghte and Nicholas McCool, and UBMS students Dalton Boyle, and Joshua Ramirez, for their project, “Exploring the Dye Sensitized Solar Cell.” 

BMB faculty member Dr. Zhi-Chun Lai, mentor Yurika Matsui, and UBMS students Miguel Santana, Williana Martinez, Blessing Onadein, won 3rd place for their project, “Fly to the World of Organ Size Control.”

Congratulations, Drs. Kao, Mallouk, Lai and team members on your awards and thank you for your dedication to teaching future scientists about research and for making a difference in the lives of these young people.