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BLUEFIELD (NEWS RELEASE) -- Eight Bluefield State College students and three BSC Staff members took part in the 2013 annual West Virginia-Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Summer Research Symposium at Marshall University on July 29-30.

Student researchers at BSC were involved in two ongoing investigations focusing on "Stress and Chlamydia Genital Infection in a Mouse Model" and "Long-term Survival of Pseudomonas aeruginosa under Starvation in Water."  The research was conducted in Dr. Tesfaye Belay's laboratory at BSC. Each student had the opportunity to present a poster about his/her research project during the symposium.

BSC students Rachel Justus and Brandon Kirby participated in summer research internship opportunities at West Virginia University and BSC student Noah Mitchell conducted his summer research at Marshall University. They presented their research findings during the symposium at Marshall.

"Each researcher read the scientific literature, chose a research topic, formulated hypotheses, designed and carried out experiments, and presented a poster," Dr. Belay said.  "The students have made significant contributions to advancing research in our lab.  The opportunity to become a part of the research group as a mentor was a very rewarding experience."

Four summer research internships were funded by NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium and four students were supported by the West Virginia-Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence.  "The students are very thankful for the support of WV-INBRE and the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, which created summer jobs in research training at their home institution of higher education.  This marks the second time this large group of students has received summer employment through these research opportunities at BSC," Dr. Belay said.

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