A group of science students attended an educational open house at Mayo Clinic.

A group of science students attended an educational open house at Mayo Clinic.

Undergraduate science majors had valuable out-of-class career-shaping and academic experiences this fall. Thirty-five students (freshmen through seniors) attended the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Educational Open House accompanied by Dr. Jeanne Minnerath, director of the Allied Health program in our Biology Department. Students learned about educational programs available following completion of their bachelor’s degree, as well as programs they can enter prior to completing the degree. Saint Mary’s has affiliations with Mayo in several health-related programs, and more are being developed.

Thirteen biology and psychology students participated in the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium, along with faculty from the Psychology and Biology departments. Our students were among the 25 researchers giving oral presentations and 63 displaying poster sessions. Christina Weldai was honored for the three-state conference’s best oral presentation in the behavioral sciences for her work on “The exercise duration needed to gain cognitive and emotional benefits.”

Two biology majors learned about cutting-edge scientific research and were invited to participate at the autumn Immunology Conference hosted by the American Association of Immunologists in Chicago. Jordyn Messling and Sarah Laska presented a poster session on “The Impact of the Dietary Supplement HEMOHim on Humoral and Cell Mediated Immunity.” Dr. Jeanne Minnerath and visiting scholar Dr. Xianfeng Sun (Xi’an Polytechnic University in Xi’an China) attended with the students.