Many FDU students often wonder what it is that a biology major actually does when he or she says, “I have lab today from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.” or “I have to run an experiment in research today.”
Well, like many FDU students, biology majors dedicate countless hours of independent time outside the classroom. Except our time isn’t always spent studying in the library till 2 a.m., making flashcards, or writing lab reports; it’s spent “in the lab.”
On April 14, seven biology majors – Khrystyna Romanyshyn, Martha Mahady, Alexander Tess, Emma Quigley, Jessica Dingman, Mona Gardner and Tom Graciano – attended the 6th Annual William Paterson University Undergraduate Research Symposium in Wayne, N.J.
This is an event where biology majors get to present their research experiments and data to fellow undergraduate science majors, science professors and researchers from the tri-state area.
FDU students were represented within three major categories: Ecology and Evolution, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Behavior/Physiology/Biochemistry.
Several FDU biology majors received awards this year.
Gardner and Graciano placed first in the Behavior/Physiology/Biochemistry category, while Dingman placed third in the Ecology and Evolution area.
All of the research students in attendance would like to thank their faculty research advisors: Dr. Edith Myers, Dr. James Salierno, Dr. Patricia Melloy and Dr. June Middleton for all of their guidance and knowledge throughout the year.
These students and others will be presenting their research at the upcoming FDU-Drew Biology Symposium.
That event is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Lenfell Hall.