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Michael Pashkevich, a Biological Sciences major at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, which recognizes top students who wish to pursue scholarly research in the sciences, mathematics and engineering and brings recipients one- to two-year scholarships valued up to $7,500. The national scholarship will support Pashkevich’s ongoing and future research on arachnids, conducted at Loyola under Dr. Aimée K. Thomas.

Shelly Wu ('13) has accepted a position with four years of support into a PhD program in science education at Texas Christian University. 

Biology alumnus Troy Thayer '15 recently received a scholarship to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

Biology alum Jenni Austiff (BS 2014) has been accepted into graduate school at Harvard University, where she will study evolutionary biology in the lab of Dr. Jim Hanken.

Kelsey Van Dam, a Biological Sciences major at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded $2,500 from the Louisiana Sea Grant Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to conduct collaborative research with Professor Frank Jordan. Kelsey will study how the recently constructed Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier affects recruitment of larval blue crabs into the Lake Pontchartrain estuary.

When biology professor David White, Ph.D., takes his students into the swamp, he likes to go after dark. The wetlands south of New Orleans that he leads his classes through in canoes are full of snakes, spiders, and insects, and he will periodically tell students where to point their flashlights so they can reflect constellations of red alligator eyes.

Students from Loyola's Department of Biological Sciences will present research at the 25th Annual Biological Sciences Undergraduate Symposium, Friday, March 13, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the 3rd Floor of Monroe Hall.

A team of students and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Kimberlee S. Mix have learned that their research will be published in the Journal of Inflammation.

Madi Stark presented her senior thesis research at the Botany 2014 national conference in Boise, ID, in July 2014. The poster, on a possible undescribed hybrid cattail spreading aggressively in the Mississippi River delta, was co-authored with Biology professors Dave White and Don Hauber.

Infection and Immunity's June 2014 issue features article co-authored by Ph.D. candidate

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