Ohio Wesleyan to Hold 21st Annual Summer Science Research Symposium

Students to Discuss Intensive 10-Week Research Experiences at Sept. 16 Community Event
Ohio Wesleyan student-scientists will present the results of their 10 weeks of summer research from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at the 21st annual Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium. (Photo by Matt Wasserman '14)

Ohio Wesleyan student-scientists will present the results of their 10 weeks of summer research from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at the 21st annual Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium. (Photo by Matt Wasserman ’14)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Investigating the roles of organic compounds called polyamines in cell division and growth. Streamlining the process used to measure fluoride ions, which are essential for healthy bones and teeth. Studying how glial cells called astrocytes are involved in processing information in the brain.

Ohio Wesleyan University students will share their research experiences in these and other areas when they participate in the 21st annual Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium. The free event will be held at noon Sept. 16 in the atrium of Ohio Wesleyan’s Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, 90 S. Henry St., Delaware.

During this year’s 21st annual symposium, 42 students – including OWU students and students from other universities – will present their research in poster format and then answer questions.

“As you talk with the students, you will appreciate the depth of their understanding,” said Barbara Andereck, Ph.D., director of the Summer Science Research Program. “They can explain their work because they understand the fundamentals of the project and have recognized and pondered its nuances.

“Many of these students will present again at major meetings of national scientific societies, interacting with the most prominent scientists in their fields of interest and making the connections that will help them as they further their work in graduate school or in an immediate scientific career,” Andereck said. “Today may mark the first step in a long lifetime of professional achievement.”

Andereck’s thoughts are echoed by 2006 Ohio Wesleyan graduate Jamie Lynn Harden, a postdoctoral associate at The Rockefeller University in New York, N.Y.

“The skills I learned while doing summer research at Ohio Wesleyan University made me one of the most prepared students in my graduate school class,” Harden said. “Currently, as a postdoctoral scientist at one of the most prestigious biomedical research institutions in the world, I honestly believe I would not be here today if it was not for the excellent foundation, and pure excitement for research and science, that I received while at OWU.”

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Summer Science Research Program and read abstracts of the student research at the Summer Science Research Program website. Learn more about majoring in the sciences.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,822 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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