ResPAC News

 Recent News about Science and Technology at Westminster College and about ResPAC Members

 Important News for ResPAC Members

Biology Student's Publication Wins Award

Kaylynn Coates's publication; Muscarinic Acetylcholine Receptors are Required for Nestmate-Odor Memory Retrieval but not for Olfaction in Harvester Ants (Pogonomyrmex barbatus), BIOS, 84 (3), 158-164, was selected for the McClung Award for Most Outstanding Paper in BIOS of 2013. Kaylynn's paper describes experiments that she carried out for her Capstone project on the neurobiology of nestmate recognition in ants. Her advisor was Dr. Katherine Robertson. Click here to read her abstract.

Biology Students Publish their Research in Leading Professional Journal

Alumni, Corey Cunningham and Casey Schmidt publish research that they carried out as seniors at Westminster College, Department of Biology with their co-author, biology student Nathaniel Schramm and their faculty advisor, Karen Resendes. Their paper was submitted to the Journal of Experimental Cell Research in 2013 and published in January 2014; it describes the roles of two cellular proteins; PCID2 and Centrin-2, in nuclear export. Click here to read their abstract.

41 Westminster College Students Accepted to Present their Research at NCUR, 2012

The National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research, is an annual event which will take place in Utah this year. In order to present at NCUR students must submit an abstract in the fall; only the best abstracts are selected for presentation by a reviewing panel and successful applicants are informed in the spring. ResPAC would like to congratulate all 41 students on their success Ranks Westminster College as Best College

 for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math 2010

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Westminster College Invited to Apply for a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Grant for Undergraduate Research.

Faculty and staff in Westminster's science departments and in the Development Office have been working relentlessly over the summer to complete a proposal for the funding of an undergraduate summer research program, from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. If they are successful in obtaining this highly competetive and prestigious award, they will receive up to $1.6m to fund a four-year summer research initiative with new, state-of-the-art equipment, stipends for faculty mentors and students, leadership workshops and more. The team writing the grant (Helen Boylan, Pete Smith and Katherine Robertson), led by Drs. Sandra Webster (Psychology) and Tom Tailor (Development Office), will find out if their proposal was approved in May.

For Testing On or After August 1, 2011

The GRE General Test is Changing

The GRE General Test (a standardized aptitude test, required for entry into graduate school) is changing in summer 2011. The test has new questions and a new format.Students who take the test in August 2011 will recieve a 50% discount (the test usually costs $160) from ETS. It is highly recommended that students who are planning to take the test try the free test preparation software (PowerPrepII) from ETS before they register for the test, to familiarize themselves with the new questions and interface. Information about the GRE test and a downloadable PowerPrepII application are available from the ETS website; click here




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Alumni Publications (click on journal titles to see abstracts)

Natasha Goldberg (Biology)

Journal of Molecular Screening (2013)

Kaylyyn Coates (Biology). BIOS (2013)

Corey Cunningham, Casey Schmidt and Nathaniel Schramm. Journal of Experimental Cell Research (2014)