3/7/2012 - Judson College Students Present at State Science Event
Judson College seniors Anna Richburg, Beverly Cox and Emily Fitzgerald were presenters at the 89th annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science at Tuskegee University on Feb. 22-24.
The students were mentored by Judson assistant professor of biology Rachel Whitaker.
"We began work in August," Whitaker explained. "This is actually a relatively short time for scientific research, but the girls worked hard and were very motivated."
Whitaker said the students submitted titles and abstracts of their work to the academy for consideration and all three were accepted for inclusion in the meeting.
Anna Richburg's research was titled, "Genetic Transformation of the Green Fluorescent Protein though the bacterial plant parasite (Agrobacterium tumefaciens) into the Banana Pepper (Capsicum annuum).
Richburg is the daughter of Ranita Richburg of Robertsdale and a 2008 graduate of Robertsdale High School. She plans to pursue a master's degree and then enter veterinary school.
Beverly Cox's research was titled, "A biochemical analysis of LSM8 and U6 RNA in vitro."
Cox is the daughter of Ken and Lauren Cox of Athens and a 2008 graduate of Athens High School. She plans to go to medical school.
Emily Fitzgerald's research was titled, "Biological Differentiation of L1 and L3 stage Cyathostominae under chemical stresses to determine gene expression."
Fitzgerald is the daughter of Bob and Brenda Fitzgerald of Alabaster and a 2008 graduate of Thompson High School. She plans to pursue a master's degree and then enter veterinary school.