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Westminster College Biology Students Showcase Two Semesters of Research, Dec. 4

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Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sponsored by the department of biology at Westminster College, senior biology and molecular biology students will showcase their capstone projects in a poster session from 2 – 4 p.m.December 4 in Witherspoon Rooms, McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The yearly event features students’ required collaborative coursework in Biology 601, taken during junior year, and Biology 602, taken during senior year. In both courses, students work alongside faculty advisors to design, propose, and carry out their research project. 

Two among 15 projects being presented this year are “Change in Mosquito Behavior in Response to an Experimental Compound using a High-Throughput Screening System,” by Zachary Johns and “Cortisol Assays Reveal Stress Levels are Correlated with Social Dominance in African Elephants,” by Mikayla Neely

For more information about the event, contact Sharon Muraca, academic administrative assistant, at or (724) 946-7206. Visit for more information about biology at Westminster College.



Greenville, PA: Ethan Rodemoyer, a senior biology major, is a son of Robert and Amy Rodemoyer and a graduate of Reynolds High School.

Johnstown, PA: Meredith Mishler, a senior biology major, is a daughter of Dale and Erin Mishler and a graduate of Bishop McCort High School.

Kittanning, PA: Zachary Johns, a senior biology major, is a son of Beth Johns and a graduate of Kittanning High School.  

McKeesport, PA: Morgan Ellwood, a senior biology major, is a daughter of Daniel and Michelle Ellwood and a graduate of South Allegheny High School.

Mercer, PA: Makayla Neely, a junior biology major, is a daughter of Kristen Gregory and a graduate of Mercer High School.

Monaca, PA: Kevin Guzak, a senior biology major, is a son of George and Mary Guzak and a graduate of Central Valley High School.

Natrona Heights, PA: Lauren Gezo, a senior molecular biology major, is a daughter of James and Kelly Gezo and a graduate of Highlands High School.

Parkhill, PA: Caitlin Stiffler, a junior biology major, is a daughter of Donald and Karen Stiffler and a graduate of Bishop McCort High School.

Pittsburgh, PA: Rachel Hill, a senior biology major, is a daughter of Patrick and Barbara Hill and a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. Anthony Yasko, a senior biology major, is a son of Debra Yasko and a graduate of Brentwood High School.

Rural Valley, PA: Michael Mikita, a senior biology major, is a son of Michael and Sherry Mikita and a graduate of West Shamokin High Schoo.

Transfer, PA: Aubrey Brown, a senior biology major, is a daughter of Penny Rowe and a graduate of Reynolds High School.

Southington, OH: Rachel Ancell, a senior biology major, is a daughter of Eric and Karen Ancell and a graduate of Labrae High School.

Youngstown, OH: Alyssa Malachin, a senior biology major, is a daughter of Andrew and Heidi Malachin and a graduate of Mineral Ridge High School.

Panama, NY: Andrea Marsh, a senior molecular biology major, is a daughter of Michael and Sandra Marsh and a graduate of Panama Central School.