Northwestern student, others across nation participate in structural biology research experience at OU

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Northwestern student, others across nation participate in structural biology research experience at OU

August 10, 2015

Students with the National Science Foundation Program Students participating in the 2015 National Science Foundation Summer Research Experience in Structural Biology at the University of Oklahoma include: front row (left to right) Gabriel Dunbar, Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Kristyn Norris, Mount Holyoke College; Jacob Schillo, Minot State University; Katchen Lachmayr, Roger Williams University; Daniele Ketterer, Truman State University; and Apryl Saunders, Kansas Wesleyan University; back row (left to right) Daniel Sallee, California State University, Long Beach; Marvelle “Chris” Elledge, Rogers State University; Andrew Harwell, University of North Texas; Matthew Cyr, University of Dallas.

One Northwestern Oklahoma State University student attended the National Science Foundation (NSF) Undergraduate Research Program in Structural Biology at the University of Oklahoma (OU) this summer.

Gabriel Dunbar of Enid, a postgraduate currently completing his second bachelor’s degree, was one of 10 students from universities across the nation who completed the nine-week summer program focused on research that involves a structural biology approach to answering biological questions.

“I was first approached about the program by Dr. [Jason] Wickham,” Dunbar said. “He told me to submit an application, and before I knew it I was accepted.”

The program is designed to teach students skills in lab research and how to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, understand the process of science and communicate their research results to their peers and the public.

“The program offered firsthand research experience in a biochemistry lab, which was a phenomenal experience,” Dunbar said.

The first group of students in the program presented the results of their research on July 30 during a poster presentation at the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, OU College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry, on the OU Research Campus.

“Being at Northwestern and developing good relationships with my professors has opened so many doors for me,” Dunbar said.

For more information about Northwestern’s Natural Science department please contact Dr. Steven Maier, chair and associate professor of physics, at (580) 327-8562 or email at sjmaier@nwosu.edu.

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