Alderson Broaddus Students to Participate in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Four Alderson Broaddus students will participate in the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, Feb. 28.

A total of 15 institutions will be represented at Undergraduate Research Day, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. In all, more than 100 students will take part.

“Faculty-guided student research is encouraged and promoted throughout the disciplines at Alderson Broaddus,” said Thomas Berlin, assistant vice president for academic assessment and chair of the division of natural sciences. “The day at the Capitol gives legislators and West Virginian institutions the opportunity to interact with students and witness how they are revolutionizing the future. We at AB are very proud of our students and faculty.”

The following are participants from Alderson Broaddus: Ashley Creed, Melissa Kahlig, Shannon Stewart, and Hillary Heinrichs.
Creed, Kahlig, and Stewart worked with Dr. Charlie Chen, associate professor of biology, on his cancer research. Creed’s research is entitled, “Chaetoglobosin K Enhances the Effectiveness of Paclitaxel and Cisplatin on Cell Viability and Apoptosis in A2780/CP70 Ovarian Cancer Cells.” The title of Kahlig’s work is “Effect of Chaetoglobosin K and nobiletin on the Effectiveness of Paclitaxel and cisplatin on OVCAR-3 Ovarian Cancer Cells.” Stewart’s research is entitled, “Chaetoglobosin K Inhibits VEGF Expression in Ovarian Cancer Cells.”

Heinrichs conducted her independent research, “The Role of Aesthetics in Conservation Narratives since the Industrial Revolution,” through a recent ACA Undergraduate Research Grant, working with Thomas Berlin and Dr. Jeffrey Del Col, professor of literature and writing.

Undergraduate Research Day allows students to present their discoveries in poster format and talk to legislators about their findings. The projects are original research, and the posters have been designed for a general audience.

In addition to AB, other institutions represented are: Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Marshall University, Ohio Valley University, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia University, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling Jesuit University, and the WVU Institute of Technology.