Honors College Students Wrap Up Summer Research Internships

Nine Wilkes Honors College students recently presented their summer internship research at Scripps Research Institute’s annual Undergraduate Summer Internship Research Poster Presentation.


By na | 8/31/2015

Nine Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College students recently presented their summer internship research at Scripps Research Institute’s annual Undergraduate Summer Internship Research Poster Presentation. It was the culminating event for the institute’s 10-week National Science Foundation research experience.

Honors College students who conducted research over the summer at any of the three Jupiter institutions – Scripps, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Florida Atlantic University – were invited to present and share their research findings. In addition to the great exposure the students received, Scripps postdoctoral fellows acted as judges to evaluate poster presentations for top poster presenter and runner up.

Stacy Cabral was runner up for her research titled, “Disrupting Retrograde Axonal Transport in Drosophila” that she completed under the advising of FAU associate professor Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D.

Rayna Birnbaum earned top presenter status for her for research titled, “Candidate Screen for Components of the RPM-1 Pathway in C. elegans.” She conducted research on neuronal development, specifically axon termination and synapse formation, under the mentorship of Scripps associate professor Brock Grill, Ph.D. Birnbaum conducted tests using classic genetic interaction experiments to investigate the pathway that the conserved PHR protein, RPM-1, works through for neuronal development in c. elegans.

The nine Honors College students who presented their research findings are part of a total of 17 Honors College students awarded summer internship scholarships at Scripps, Max Planck Florida and FAU.

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