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Creighton Students Shine at Annual INBRE Conference

Creighton Students Shine at Annual INBRE Conference

Nine Creighton University undergraduate students gave presentations at the National Institutes of Health INBRE (IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence) Nebraska meeting in Grand Island recently.

Three senior INBRE scholars, Douglas Deever, Anya Burkart and Andrew Kavan, gave poster presentations and six junior INBRE scholars, Anne James, Christina Nguyen, Katie Del Vecchio, Troy Hubbard, Megan Bosch and Audrey Gallagher gave oral presentations on their summer research projects.

In the oral presentations biology major Anne James, working with Creighton Professors Phil Brauer in biomedical sciences and Mark Reedy in biology, won first place. Biochemistry major Christina Nguyen, working with Professors Garrett Soukup in biomedical sciences and Julie Soukup in chemistry, won third place. In the poster presentations, physics major Anya Burkart, working with Professor Mike Nichols in physics, took first place.

The INBRE project is designed to enhance the competitiveness of biomedical research in Nebraska by developing the human and technological resources essential for cutting edge research in functional genomics.A $17.2 million NIH grant, the largest grant in Nebraska history, supports the INBRE program, aimed at producing more scientists in the state.

The foundation of the project is collaboration between eight undergraduate institutions, two community colleges and the three doctoral granting institutions located throughout Nebraska. This collaboration is intended to develop a culture that recognizes and appreciates the value of biomedical research and provides opportunities to pursue such research at the cutting edge of current technologies.