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May 3, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU biology students take honors

Kortnee Koziara, a Slippery Rock University biology major from Strattanville, and Amber Lellock, an SRU biology major from Rosssiter, received first place awards at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologist Meeting at Clarion, and 13 other SRU biology majors earned honors or participated.

Koziarg’s award was for her platform presentation on her research examining fermentation in yeast. Lellock’s award in the poster division was for her work on cell growth rates in yeast with a mutation that affects sugar metabolism.

Ethan Finver from East Stroudsburg, Jon Stonebraker from Avon Lake, Ohio, Natasha Hardina from Silver Springs, Md., and Carol Barnes from Wexford, all SRU biology majors received second place in their poster divisions.

All of the participants offered presentations detailing their individual research projects.

The event drew nearly 100 biology majors from PASSHE universities.

Stacy Hrizo, SRU assistant professor of biology, and Carolyn Steglich and Jack Layne, both SRU biology professors, attended the conference.

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