BOLIVAR, Mo. — Six Southwest Baptist University biology majors presented research at the Sigma Zeta National Convention, with Nicholas Schulte bringing home the Top Scientific Presentation Award for 2021.
Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society. The society funded 17 research projects for 2020-21 nationwide through a competitive process, with six of the projects awarded to SBU students.
Dr. John Murphy, associate professor of biology, has mentored the students, using his farm as their research laboratory.
“It has been so fun to watch these students learn and grow through this research process,” Murphy said. “Two years ago, we started the research lab with three students learning techniques for venipuncture, serum isolation and ELISA measurements. This year, those same students were mentoring and training the new lab recruits and received funding from a national organization. I am incredibly proud of each one and am excited to watch their bright futures!”
The students spent more than 400 hours during the fall of 2020 collecting samples, extracting the hormone cortisol and isolating immunoglobulins from blood serum. They presented their research at the Sigma Zeta Convention during spring break in March and have been invited to present their research at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association’s Hickory County meeting on May 13.
“Each student was commended on their project and presentation,” Murphy said. “As well as presenting, each student also was published in the Sigma Zeta abstracts journal. I am so proud of these students and their hard work.”
The research projects are:
Students also are conducting further research this spring looking at the impact of weaning on immune system response to vaccination against Bovine Respiratory Disease. Murphy is working with 13 students in the research lab on proposals for next fall.
PHOTO: Nicholas Schulte, junior biology major with a concentration in biomedical science from Junction City, Kan., earned the Top Scientific Presentation Award for 2021 at the Sigma Zeta National Convention.