BCMB and Chemistry Students Present at the 20th UMBC Undergrad Research Symposium

On October 14, 2017, Benjamin Allwein, Gunther Druker, and Brian Van Dyke presented their research at the UMBC’s 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences.

On October 14th, the University of Maryland Baltimore County hosted their Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. In its 20th year, the symposium included three lecture presentations by varying professors and 261 morning and afternoon poster presentations. All these posters were grouped under the three areas of biology, chemistry, and biochemical/molecular biology, with first- and second-place awards given in each category. Overall, the event was hosted by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Department of Biology, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. Ursinus was proud to have three students participate in this symposium: Benjamin Allwein, Gunther Druker, and Brian Van Dyke. Professors Amanda Reig and Ryan Walvoord accompanied our research presenters.

Benjamin Allwein (BCMB ’18) presented research for Dr. Dale Cameron’s research group. His poster received first place in his biochemical and molecular biology poster section and was titled “Characterization of SUP35, RNQ1, and URE2 Cotranslational Prion Aggregation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.” Gunther Druker (BCMB ’19) did research under Dr. Ryan Walvoord and presented research on the “Development of a Reaction-Based Chemical Sensor for the Detection of Atrazine.” Gunther was awarded first place in his chemical sciences poster section. Finally, Brian Van Dyke (CHEM & BCMB ’18) working with students under Dr. Reig, presented their poster “Modifying De Novo-Designed Due Ferri Single-Chain (DFSC) Proteins to Model Coupled Binuclear Copper Proteins,” and received second place in his group’s chemical sciences poster section.

Our congratulations go out to these three students.