Selected Recent Examples of Student Research Projects in Biological Science

Undergraduate research opportunities in biology are available with all of our faculty members. Students regularly travel to and present their research findings at regional, national and even international meetings. In the 2013/2014 academic year biology students made 32 presentations at a variety of meetings in the U.S. Projects range in areas of interest from ecology to cell and molecular biology. Students who engage in undergraduate research gain valuable skills in experimental design, laboratory protocols, and field studies. Such experience is highly advantageous to students applying to graduate school or entering into the job market.

The Department of Biological Sciences also offers a unique 12-credit course BIO490 Investigative Biology Research Experience that is of great value to students planning on attending graduate school and/or seriously considering a career in research.

2014

Establishing a DNA Database for the Genus Rana in the New York Lake Champlain Basin

  • Student researcher: Justin Andrews.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Nancy Elwess.
  • Society for College Science Teachers National Undergraduate Poster Competition. Boston, MA, April 2014.

The Communication of Heat Stress in Aphaenogaster rudis Colonies. Brian Whyte, Joel Parker, Andrew Nguyen and Sara Cahan-Helms.

  • Student researcher: Brian Whyte.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Joel Parker.
  • American Chemical Society/Sigma Xi Research Symposium, SUNY Plattsburgh, April 2014.

Functional Analysis of β-hemoglobin Gene in Paramecium tetraurelia

  • Student researcher: Feysel Shifa.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Nancy Elwess.
  • Society for College Science Teachers National Undergraduate Poster Competition. Boston, MA, April 2014 First Place.

Haplogroup Determination of Ancient Maya DNA

  • Student researcher: Michael Haynes.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Nancy Elwess.
  • International Sigma Xi On-line Student Poster Competition. March, 2014 Second Place.

Investigation of Alu insertion polymorphism of human genetic diversity

  • Student researcher: Matthew Rusek.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Nancy Elwess.
  • Innovative Exploration Forum: Undergraduate Research in New York State’s Public Higher Education System, Albany, NY April 2014.

Water quality in top-loading water coolers

  • Student researcher: Danielle Attanasio.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Jose de Ondarza.
  • American Chemical Society/Sigma Xi Research Symposium, SUNY Plattsburgh, April 2014. 1st place poster.

2013

Effects of desiccation and starvation on thermal tolerance in the forest ant Aphaenogaster picea. Resendez, S., K.P. Pinder, A. Nguyen, J. Parker, and S. Cahan

  • Student researcher: Skyler Resendez.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Joel Parker.
  • Entomological Society of America Annual meeting, Austin, TX. November, 2013.

Association of the 5-HTTLPR Polymorphism and Depressive Symptoms in College Students

  • Student researcher: Casey Mohrien.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Nancy Elwess.
  • National Association of Biology Teachers National Undergraduate Poster Competition. Atlanta, GA. November, 2013.

COMT gene ratios and GPA correlation

  • Student researcher: Alexander Bender.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Nancy Elwess.
  • National Association of Biology Teachers National Undergraduate Poster Competition. Atlanta, GA. November, 2013.

Do genes affect altruism and stress reactivity: an exploration of the OXTR gene

  • Student researcher: Gregg LaFleur.
  • Faculty research mentor: Dr. Nancy Elwess.
  • National Association of Biology Teachers National Undergraduate Poster Competition. Atlanta, GA. November, 2013.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about biological sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Dr. Neil Buckley, Chair
Office: Beaumont Hall 444
Phone: (518) 564-3155
Email: neil.buckley@plattsburgh.edu