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LHU biology students, faculty attend Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists meeting


In early April, 27 Lock Haven University students and nine LHU faculty members attended the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists (CPUB) statewide meeting at Mansfield University.

Four students gave oral presentations and 13 students gave poster presentations. Ashlea Ghaner was awarded the CPUB Outstanding Student Award in recognition of her strong academic and research accomplishments at LHU.

Several students won awards for the presentation of their research. Those students were:

  • Samantha Clark — First place for her talk, “Evaluation of a commercially available vesicular arbuscular inoculum (MyLo Grow) in tomato plants.” Faculty mentor: Dr. Barrie Overton.
  • Kayla Riehle, Eric Shuffelbottom, Natasha Ortiz, and Michael Hudson — Second place for their talk, “Establishing non target microbial effects of PEG 8000 for an environmental treatment to control white nose syndrome in mines and tunnels.” Faculty mentors: Overton and Dr. Joseph Calabrese.
  • Erika Fanning and Whitney Peters — First place for their poster, “Microbial Ichthyology: Gastrointestinal Prokaryotic Microbiome of Untreated Hatchery Raised Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).” Faculty mentor: Calabrese.

The CPUB organization is run by faculty from biology departments across the PASSHE system. They meet in the fall to plan the annual meeting, hosted by a different PASSHE campus each spring. Faculty involved with CPUB also review and award multiple research grants of $600 to support student research projects, according to Dr. Steven Seiler, LHU biology professor and CPUB co-director.

“The annual CPUB meeting has been an exceptional experience for Lock Haven University students to present research from independent study projects and internship experiences,” Seiler said. “Presenting research talks and posters at a scientific conference to faculty and students from other campuses allows students to gain valuable experience communicating scientific information and a chance for feedback on their research projects. Our students often use their CPUB projects as a springboard to jobs and graduate school opportunities.”

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