Students present research projects at Illinois State Academy

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Lewis University students present research projects at Illinois State Academy of Science

Published: April 30, 2013.

(Left to right) Victoria Colclasure and Deirdre McCormick
present research at the 105th annual meeting of the
Illinois State Academy of Science.

Two Lewis University biology students recently presented their undergraduate research projects at the 105th annual meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science in Jacksonville.

Victoria Colclasure presented “I Brought Home a Coliform?” Her research was about coliform bacteria and how bacterium interacts with common fabrics. She commented, “I have never presented at a conference before, nor have I participated in research. Both are very new experiences for me that will give me new skills in terms of communication and lab work.”

Deirdre McCormick presented “The Role of Biofilms in Dreissenid Recruitment in Milwaukee Harbor – Ten Years Later.”

Dr. Jerry Kavouras, director of Environmental Science and associate professor of biology, was their faculty mentor. He is also the 2013/2014 Lewis University Caterpillar Scholar Award recipient for his research on “Dreissenid Recruitment in Milwaukee Harbor – Ten Years Later.”

They were among the undergraduate and graduate students throughout Illinois presenting at the conference featuring discussions, displays and a keynote presentation from astronomer Pamela Gay.

The Illinois State Academy of Science promotes scientific research, the diffusion of scientific knowledge and the unification of scientific interests in Illinois.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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