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Summer achievements: Symposium showcases summer undergrad research and service efforts

Summer achievements:  Symposium showcases summer undergrad research and service efforts

Editor's note: This article highlights the work of two EPSCoR-sponsored summer research interns who were awarded prizes in the first-ever Undergraduate Research in Sustainability competition.

Undergraduate researchers were busy at the University of Delaware this summer, and the results of their research were on display during the second annual Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium, held Wednesday, Aug. 10, in Clayton Hall.

Representing every UD college and discipline, some 330 undergraduate research and service scholars and visiting scholars participated. The event featured 243 poster presentations and 87 oral presentations.

The keynote lecture, “Exploration and Exploitation of Mycobacteriophages,” was given by Graham Hatfull, Eberly Family Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Pittsburgh and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.

Mycobacteria cause diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy. Mcyobacteriophages are viruses that infect mycobacteria. 

“We explore these phages by isolating new phages and analyzing their genomes in order to learn about what these phages are, their genetic diversity, how may types there are, and to see if we can learn about how they came to be,” Hatfull said. “We have barely scratched the surface. This is an incredibly rich field of information.” (full article)