We are proud to have Thomas and Emily present their latest findings at the 2022 Midstates Consortium Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological Sciences and Psychology! The conference featured 110 students from the 12 universities of the Midstates Consortium.
Thomas and Emily’s research accomplishments stood out, and they were among the 32 students selected across the Midstates Consortium to present oral presentations. Thomas presented his findings on post-translational modifications that impact BACH1’s function as a metastatic transcription factor. Emily utilized bioinformatics to unravel BACH1’s role as an epigenetic regulator in cancer cells. Their presentations were well received by the audience. Both of their research projects were supported in part by the UChicago BSCD Summer Fellowship. Congratulations!
The Midstates Consortium for Mathematics and Science was founded by the Pew Charitable Trusts in 1988. The Consortium seeks to improve undergraduate science and mathematics education by providing high-quality and flexible professional development opportunities for students and faculty at the member institutions. Major activities include two annual symposia on undergraduate research hosted at Washington University and the University of Chicago, faculty development workshops, and exchange programs that support visits of students and faculty members to other member schools to give presentations or to enhance research collaborations.
Each fall for more than 10 years the two research universities in the Consortium, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Chicago, host meetings designed for undergraduates to present the results of their own research projects to their peers and some consortium faculty. Washington University and the University of Chicago alternate hosting these meetings for students whose research involves the biological sciences and psychology and students whose work falls under the broader umbrella of physical sciences, mathematics and computer science. Students present in both oral and poster sessions. Also, each meeting includes a graduate student panel to answer questions from the undergraduates about applying, selecting and going to graduate school in the natural sciences. In the past few years both meetings have attracted nearly 100 students and more than a dozen faculty each.