Biological Sciences Senior Thesis Presentations April 30-May 6

Science iconThe Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences invites the Webster University community to attend their student senior thesis presentations across six sessions between April 30-May 6. The talks will take place via Zoom. Contact Nicholas Frank, Department of Biological Sciences representative, at for Zoom info.

Student presenters, schedule and topics of talks:

Session 1: Friday, April 30, 9 a.m.

  • Dzenita Muminovic, The Investigation of Electronic Cigarettes on Bladder & Liver Cells In Vitro
  • Nickol Wahby, Factors Affecting Webster Students’ Access to Mental Health Services
  • Cassidy Bishop, Moving on Up: Upslope Migration of Subalpine Bees Alters the Structure and Dynamics of an Alpine Bumble Bee Network
  • Nicholas Bethel, Bioremediation of BPA and Estradiol

Session 2: Friday, April 30, 1 p.m.

  • CJ Berry, Evaluating the antibacterial activity of Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes
  • Mayghen Mugele, Bioremediation Using lenna minor
  • Alexander Nicholas, The Effects of Inorganic Fertilizer on Soil Bacteria Growth
  • Briana Robles, Analyzing Environmental Identity Before and After Participation in Backyard Citizen Science

Session 3: Tuesday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.

  • Lindzie Cunningham, The Effects of Sulfoxaflor Exposure on Aggressiveness and Egg Laying Behaviors in Bumble Bees
  • Lindsay Poitras, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions and Burnout Among Student Athletes
  • Victoria Liebsch, Fungal Bioluminescence in vivo
  • Lauren Coleman, The Effects of Ginger Oil on Human Melanoma Cells
  • Carson Gross, Understanding the effects of hybrid/remote learning on engagement, perceived understanding, and success in traditional college science courses

Session 4: Tuesday, May 4, 1 p.m.

  • Kylie Burke, The Effect of Type I Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors on Melanoma with the Platelet-Derived Growth Factor Receptor α (PDGFRA) D842V Activating Mutation
  • Sarah Schryver, Investigation into the effectiveness of social media engagement strategies for specific undergraduate biology courses including anatomy and physiology
  • Miles Umbaugh, Trihalogenated Phenols as Templates for Solid State Photoreactions
  • Jessica Clones, On their best behavior: Does conservation weaken effects of urbanization on bee visitation networks?

Session 5: Wednesday, May 5, 9 a.m.

  • Kalleigh Linthicum, The Effectiveness of Functional Movement Screening on NCAA DIII Athletes
  • Anna Muecke, Influence of temperature on wound repair in skeletal muscle in vitro
  • Carlos Santana, Molecular Architectures Utilizing Cyclobutanes-Based Nodes
  • Scott Buckert, Mutagenic potential of Mississippi river water samples in varying tissue culture cell lines

Session 6: Thursday, May 6, 9 a.m.

  • Megan Crenshaw, Using NHIS data to predict type 2 diabetes mellitus: The role of food insecurity, disability, and immigrant status
  • Jakob Breeden, Unilateral Squat Exercises in College Male Athletes in Correlation to Maximal Vertical Jump
  • Connor Douglas, Activity Comparison of Apoe3 and Apoe4 Expressed in Various Regions of Drosophila Brain
  • Joseph Conroy, Determination of SHR0302 in ARQ-252D Cream
  • Luke Berra, Honey as an Anti-proliferative Agent to Human Melanoma Cancer Cells

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