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LSU undergraduate research conference to be held on November 1

LSU undergraduate research conference to be held on November 1
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POSTED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 5:04am

The fifth annual LSU Undergraduate Research Conference: Excite, Explore, Experiment, will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the LSU Student Union, and is co-sponsored by the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives and Halliburton.

This year’s co-sponsorship from Halliburton will enhance the conference awards, enable conference participants to earn travel support to present at regional and national meetings for professional societies, and support the attendance of high school students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. Halliburton is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry, utilizing, among other trades, the skills of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, workforce.

The LSU Undergraduate Research Conference event features 100 poster and oral presentations in a competition among undergraduate researchers in STEM disciplines and the social sciences. These students represent universities across the state, including Xavier University of Louisiana, Southern University, Southern University at New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University and LSU. This year’s conference also includes students from the University of South Carolina, Agnes Scott College and the University of Southern Mississippi.

The keynote speaker for the LSU Undergraduate Research Conference is Graham Hatfull, University of Pittsburgh professor of biological sciences, Eberly Family Professor of Biotechnology, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Hatfull’s research focuses on the molecular genetics of mycobacteria and their bacteriophages. These studies take advantage of the intimacy of phage-host interactions to gain insights into the genetics and physiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of human TB. He has mentored 19 Ph.D. students, more than 100 undergraduate student researchers and 16 postdoctoral associates. Hatfull’s keynote address is titled “Sharing in the Excitement: Exploring the Landscape of Bateriophage Diversity.”

The LSU Undergraduate Research Conference 2013 event also includes an ethics workshop titled “‘GATTACA’ and the Ethical Implications of Research.” An awards ceremony will conclude the program.

The campus and local community are welcome to attend this event to support the work and enthusiasm of these students. 

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