Mentor: Vickie Moore
Project title: Mechanisms of apoptosis in diabetic cardiomyopathy
This semester was a busy one for me as I worked to finish up my project while simultaneously interviewing for graduate programs. I worked with both HL-1 and H9C2 heart cells, where I pre-treated them with glucose and then analyzed viability changes following additional treatment with hydrogen peroxide (to mimic ischemic conditions). I also analyzed H9C2 cells with a novel technique called BH3-profiling, which allows for the determination of the most important BCL-2 proteins in regulating cell death decisions. Although preliminary, my results indicate some very interesting changes between low and high glucose treatments.
Applying for and receiving the Lumen Prize greatly enhanced my undergraduate experience. The process of applying forced me to get organized about my summer plans, post-graduate plans, and four-year class plans. It also got the Goldwater Scholarship on my radar, which I then applied for and received. Further, at virtually all of my graduate school interviews, my interviewers were surprised and impressed when they learned that I had secured my own funding and had generated my own project idea. I know that Lumen made me a more competitive applicant for graduate school, as well as gave me the funds necessary to explore an interesting question and the skills and confidence needed to move forward in my research career plans. I will be attending the University of California, Berkeley in the fall to start a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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.
Elon University students in a Winter Term "Burst the Bubble" course welcomed local children and their parents to campus in late January for activities that exposed youth to the academic and career possibilities of programming and software design.
Elon University senior Leigh Iler developed strategies for a middle school tutoring program as she studied an emerging technique for deciding whether students require special education.