Hampden-Sydney students are doing exciting things in research. Here are a few of their stories.
Brant Boucher '17 and James Lau '17 were among the approximately 100 undergraduate students to present research at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, attended by more than 20,000 cancer researchers. They had to submit abstracts to present their work as well as be nominated by two AACR members. James and Brant's research with Elliott Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Kristian Hargadon '01, focuses on the FOXC2 protein, which is overactive in many aggressive cancers. James' work has shown that FOXC2 in melanoma cells promotes the ability of these tumor cells to migrate and invade tissues, which relate to the capacity to metastasize.
Alex Abbott '17, a history and philosophy major, and Dr. Marc Hight, Elliott Professor of Philosophy, collaborated on a summer research project in the humanities. The two worked to relate the idea of immaterialism, as presented by George Berkeley, 18thcentury Irish philosopher and divine, and religious dogma from the incarnation of Christ to the re-inhabitance of bodies in an afterlife. They conducted research to project the relationship between ontological views (what people believe is fundamentally real) and religious beliefs.
James H. Lau '17, a biology major and Goldwater Scholar, performed research with Elliott Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Kristian Hargadon '01. The goal of James' research was to understand factors that control melanoma growth and metastasis. Specifically, he investigated the role of the FOXC2 protein as a regulator of melanoma progression.
Josh Chamberlin '17, was involved in Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Erin Clabough'sresearch investigating the developmental patterns that regulate sea turtle hatching on Hatteras Island. The work involved the placement of sensors into newly laid sea turtle nests using an innovative, remote controlled, real time access sensor and communication system designed to monitor motion within the nests. This was an extension of his summer research through the H-SC Honors Program, which he did jointly with an internship at the Hatteras Island Ocean Center.
Taylor Meinhardt '16, under the supervision of Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Mike Wolyniak, presented his research on the molecular activation of T-cells at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in San Diego, California. Taylor performed this research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the Hampden-Sydney Honors Council Summer Research Program. His mentor at the NIH, Dr. Sricharan Murugesan, visits H-SC regularly and works with Dr. Wolyniak to bring cutting-edge laboratory research opportunities to the College's biology students.
The Journal of the Sciences, Hampden-Sydney's very own science publication, has half a decade under its belt. It showcases a wide variety of undergraduate research in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. According to Dr. Michael Wolyniak, Associate Professor of Biology and advisor to the Journal, it is a place to consolidate the great undergraduate scientific work taking place on Hampden-Sydney College's campus.