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Eight Albright College Students to Present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research

April 10, 2015

Reading, Pa. – Eight Albright College students will present their work at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). This year's scholarly gathering will be held at Eastern Washington University, April 16 to 18.

  • Devin Fisher '15, a biochemistry major from Bernville, Pa., will present "Understanding the Mechanism of CD4+ T-cell Inhibition by Ectromelia Virus.” Her faculty adviser is Adam Hersperger, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.
  • Erin Hand '15, a biology/Spanish major from Leesport, Pa., will present "The poxvirus protein E3 from vaccinia virus cannot restore the replication defect of an influenza virus mutant lacking NS1.” Her faculty adviser is Adam Hersperger, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.
  • Courtney Konchan '15, a biochemistry major from Douglassville, Pa., will present "Studies of DeltaN20 Beta 2-Microglobulin at Neutral pH: Kinetics of Fibril Formation and Protein Stability.” Her faculty adviser is Frieda Texter, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Kaitlin Leffler '15, a biology major from Pine Grove, Pa., will present "Bat Populations and Habitat Use in National Parks: The Effects of White-Nose Syndrome.” Her faculty adviser is Karen Campbell, Ph.D., the P. Kenneth Nase M.D. '55 Professor of Biology.
  • Riley Metz '15, an environmental science major from Dover, Pa., will present "Plant community composition in response to timber management within a state park.” Her faulty adviser is David Osgood, Ph.D., professor of biology, who will also be attending the conference.
  • Kayle Smith '16, a biology major from Hazleton, Pa., will present “Small Mammal Population Dynamics in a Reconstructed Forest.” Her faculty adviser is Stephen Mech, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, who will also be attending the conference.
  • Melissa Vettleson '15, a chemistry major from Pottstown, Pa., will present "The Effects of Conformation on Concerted Proton-Electron Transfer.” Her faculty adviser is Ian Rhile, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Alyssa Wunsch ' 16, a biology major from Wyomissing, Pa., will present "Population Dynamics of Sciurus carolinensis in Increasingly Urban Areas.” Her faculty adviser is Stephen Mech, Ph.D., associate professor of biology.

Established in 1987, the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum, creating a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, providing models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helping to improve the state of undergraduate education.

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Founded in 1856, Albright College is a selective, national liberal arts college enrolling 1,700 full-time undergraduates and more than 800 adult learners and graduate students. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum, strengthened by a close-knit residential learning environment, encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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