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SWOSU Biology Students Earn National Honors for Research Endeavors

June 11, 2012

Melanie Graham
Southwestern Oklahoma State University biology students at Weatherford recently won national honors at the 2012 Beta Beta Beta Biennial National Convention held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo 1) Melanie Graham of Carnegie won first place for outstanding oral presentation in the molecular biology session and is being congratulated by BBB national past president Dr. Gary Wolgamott.

Kassandra Guthmueller
Kassandra Guthmueller of Purcell won second place for outstanding poster presentation in the molecular biology session and is also being congratulated by Dr. Wolgamott.

Two Southwestern Oklahoma State University biology students at Weatherford recently won national honors at the 2012 Beta Beta Beta Biennial National Convention, and the SWOSU Tri Beta chapter was named the 2012 Outstanding Chapter at the convention held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Melanie Graham of Carnegie won first place for outstanding oral presentation in the molecular biology session and Kassandra Guthmueller of Purcell won second place for outstanding poster presentation in the molecular biology session.

The title of Graham’s presentation was “Synaptic connections are regulated via VSM-1, a SNARE interacting protein.” Her mentor for this work was SWOSU Biology Assistant Professor Dr. Andrea Holgado.

The title of Guthmueller’s presentation was “Genome Wide analysis of vsm-1(ok1468) mutant Caenorhabditiselegans using microarrays” and her mentor for this work was Dr. Holgado.

The Delta Sigma chapter at SWOSU was also awarded the 2012 Outstanding Chapter Award out of 563 chapters in the United States and Puerto Rico. SWOSU Biology Instructor Sue Ball was awarded the Faculty Service Award for her outstanding service and leadership to the Tri Beta biological honor society.

Others who attended the national convention from SWOSU were SWOSU graduate Erica Benda of Yukon and SWOSU faculty Dr. Gary Wolgamott and Holgado.

The SWOSU chapter of Tri Beta was founded in 1952 and is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study. Research presented at the national convention was funded by the National Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, National Science Foundation, Oklahoma INBRE, the SWOSU College of Arts and Sciences and the Biology Department at SWOSU. 

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