Marist Science Undergraduates Present Research and Win Awards at Regional Conferences


Graham Rossi ‘16, Dylan Clay ‘16, Ian Krout ’18, Alec Lee ’18, Beck Miller ’16, Marissa Porter ’17, and Julia Czarnecki ‘17 were accepted to present their research at The 70th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) at Western New England University on 2 April 2016 in Springfield, MA. The seven School of Science students competed against approximately 350 other undergraduate students from colleges throughout the northeastern United States. 
(From the left with the awards) Beck Miller, Julia Czarnecki, Marissa Porter and Alec Lee, all won individual awards for their manuscripts. Senior Beck Miller also received an award for his poster presentation studying the harmful effects of heroin and methadone on fetal development. The research of the students was mentored and supervised by Dr. Zofia Gagnon, who would like to thank the School of Science for funding the group’s travel to the conference and for their continued support of her research.


Marist sophomore Carolyn Turcotte presented research conducted under the direction of Dr. Paula Checchi at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at William Paterson University in New Jersey on April 9th. Carolyn, a biomedical science and biochemistry double major, won first place in the Cell and Molecular Biology category.  “What I was most impressed about is that she did this as a sophomore, when almost all the presenters were juniors or seniors” said Dr. Checchi.