Saint Louis, MO
Mentor: Ben Evans
Project title: Folate-conjugated magnetic microspheres for targeted cancer cell treatment
This semester was spent writing, reading, and conferencing. In February, I attended a Biophysics conference in Philadelphia, PA and presented my work in the Nano and Microtechnology section (“Ligand-targeted Binding of a Novel Silicone Magnetic Microsphere”). I received a lot of good feedback from graduate students and professors about the flow cytometry data conducted in the fall. Additionally, Dr. Evans and I began writing the final manuscript to be submitted at the end of this summer to the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. It is a characterization of our high-permeability magnetic microspheres for biomedical applications. We highlight the magnetic and mechanical properties of the spheres, their morphology, and their controllable size distribution when changing % wt. of magnetic material. We then discuss sphere functionalization with folic acid and show binding affinity studies with folic acid receptors overexpressed on two malignant cell lines. In April, I presented at Elon University’s SURF, finalized my literature review, and began teaching new members of the lab some of my lab protocols.
A Lumen Program experience will certainly help me throughout my next two years with Teach for America in Connecticut. I’ve learned how to be an independent thinker, persistent questioner, and dedicated collaborator. Digging through the literature to understand every facet of my project will certainly prepare me for the perseverance needed when creating lesson plans. Additionally, I have learned that nothing great is ever accomplished without collaboration. This will certainly apply during my Teach for America experience, where I will be building relationships with fellow corp members, TFA alumni, and school administration. Following Teach for America, I hope to enroll in allopathic medical school at a research-one institution. My biggest challenge right now is overcoming the MCAT, but I do know that if I completed the Lumen program and undergraduate research, anything is possible!
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the nation’s most recognized resource for classifying conditions like depression and anxiety, but through five editions and half a century, its self-professed raison d'être continues to evolve. Elon University senior Kelsey O’Connell set out to learn “why,” and more importantly, she wanted to pinpoint “how.”
The professor of human service studies worked with Lauren Taylor '10 and Jamie Albright '13 on recently completed studies that have been published or presented to international audiences.
As a growing number of grade schools complement traditional textbooks with computer tablets, senior Jeff Stern is using a top Elon University award to research the way children retain information from the two types of media.
Omolayo Ojo is competing for a highly competitive national fellowship awarded each year to those with goals of working in public service or government. Winners will be announced in April.
Victoria Del Gaizo Moore, assistant professor of chemistry, and Karl Sienerth, professor of chemistry, along with Mary Bedard '12 (Biochemistry) and Kelly Giffear '12 (Biochemistry) had a research article accepted to the journal Biophysical Chemistry.
The political science and international studies double major is a Lumen Scholar studying the evolution of LGBT rights in parts of Europe.