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Undergraduate Research Highlighted by Poster Presentation at Creighton

Undergraduate Research Highlighted by Poster Presentation at Creighton

Creighton University's first poster presentation that showcases the original research of undergraduate students in the natural sciences will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, in the Walter and Suzanne Scott Atrium in Creighton’s Hixson-Lied Science Building.

The posters are summaries of what the students learned and discovered over the summer on topics ranging from elasticity of bone-generating cells to healing capabilities of dental polymer composite materials. Nearly half of Creighton’s undergraduates major in science, five times the national average.

The undergraduate summer research project was made possible by the generosity and support of Randolph M. Ferlic, M.D., and his wife, Teresa Kolars Ferlic. Dr. Ferlic earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1958, and graduated from the School of Medicine in 1961. He has been a dedicated educator and an ardent supporter of higher education in the state.

Fourteen undergraduate students worked 40 hours a week for ten weeks during the summer in the lab of a faculty member in biology, chemistry, physics or environmental science. Each student received a stipend of $3,200 for living expenses, $500 for research materials, and access to support that would enable them to attend meetings and present their work externally. Before his retirement, Ferlic had a distinguished career as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. He performed the first heart transplant in Nebraska. He is the founder of Surgical Services of the Great Plains, P.C.

Edward “Eddie” DeRose, of Pueblo, Colo., earned a dental degree from Creighton in 1961. Michael DeRose joined his father’s practice in 1982. Edward DeRose’s practice mission has been to meet the dental needs of underserved children. Between 1995 and 2006, a dental practice management firm he founded to improve access to care (For Better Access or FORBA) grew to provide oversight of 50 clinics in 17 states throughout the nation.

Posted: 11/17/06