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Creighton Undergraduate Research Featured in Poster Presentations

Creighton Undergraduate Research Featured in Poster Presentations

Creighton University's fourth annual poster presentation that showcases the original research of undergraduate students in the natural sciences will be held from 4 - 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2, in the Walter and Suzanne Scott Atrium in the University’s Hixson Lied Science Building. The event is open to the public.

The posters are summaries of what the students learned and discovered over the summer on topics including tooth remineralization, the role of butterflies in the eco-nature of the prairie, and understanding the molecular structure and growth of bacteria. Nearly half of Creighton’s undergraduates intend to major in science; five times the national average.

The undergraduate summer research projects are made possible by the generosity and support of Randolph M. Ferlic M.D., and his wife, Teresa Kolars Ferlic. Ferlic, a graduate of Creighton, 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 Nebraska.

The 11 undergraduate students worked 40 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer in the lab of a faculty member in either the biology or chemistry departments. Each student received a stipend of $3,200 for living expenses, $500 for research materials, and access to support that enables them to attend meetings and present their work externally.

According to James Fletcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and administrator of the program, these research opportunities are important for teaching students about the pursuit of new knowledge. In many of this year’s projects the scholars sought to investigate underlying mechanisms of disease, improve the understanding of disease-causing organisms or examine new potential therapeutic treatments. “What is especially exciting is that programs like this are becoming part of the student consciousness making them highly sought after as ways to work in relevant fields with outstanding faculty mentors,” he said.

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.