Mount Scholars Share Summer Research

Biology major Kaeley Miller, of Newburgh, discusses the cancer-inhibiting effects of butein and cinnamaldehyde on certain cells. She was aided in her research by professors James Moran and Suparna Bhalla. (photo provided)

Mount Saint Mary College was recently bustling with student-faculty teams at the 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Symposium. Faculty from arts and letters, business, education, mathematics and information technology, natural sciences, and social sciences acted as mentors over the summer to 27 students. Results were presented at the September symposium.

As in previous years, the program was a hotbed for research in the natural sciences. Professors James Moran and Suparna Bhalla supervised biology major Kaeley Miller of Newburgh, who investigated the anticancer effects of both butein and cinnamaldehyde on HeLa cervical cancer cells and L6 rat myoblast cells.

At the Mount, courses prepare students for medical, veterinary or dental school, or other graduate study; and careers in industry or education. More than 40 percent of Mount freshmen aim for health professions, including nursing, for which the college provides a four-year program, accelerated adult program, RN to BSN, and master’s program.

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