Two Palm Beach Atlantic University students have been selected to present posters during an upcoming national cancer research conference in San Diego.
Morganne Bayliss, a senior majoring in biology, and Spenser Smith, a senior majoring in medicinal and biological chemistry, will participate in the ninth annual Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition, which will take place during the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting April 5-9.
|Palm Beach Atlantic University student Morganne Bayliss (left), Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Cidya Grant, student Spenser Smith and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Mireille Aleman stand next to a poster that will be on display during the Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in San Diego.|
Bayliss’s poster is titled “Multi-disciplinary approach for the establishment of a natural compounds research laboratory for the treatment of breast cancer.” Smith’s poster is on “Establishing standard procedures for undergraduate cancer research in medicinal and biological chemistry.”
Both Bayliss and Smith are students in the University’s Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. In addition to collaborating with each other on their research, the students worked closely with School of Arts and Sciences faculty members Dr. Mireille Aleman and Dr. Cidya Grant, both assistant professors of chemistry.
The students recently presented their findings at the Florida Undergraduate Research Council Symposium, and they were presenters at PBA’s third annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference last month.
Bayliss spent eight weeks last summer participating in PBA’s Summer Undergraduate Academic Research (SUGAR) program with Dr. Aleman, who specializes in cancer research.
“It’s very inspiring to be able to come from a small, teaching-based institution and still have the opportunity to go to a national cancer research conference,” Bayliss said.
Smith, who is president of the University’s Pre-Health Society, said that he appreciated the chance to establish a partnership across disciplines.
“We were able to work on something that is a lot greater than what we would have been able to do on our own,” he said.