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Undergraduate Research Projects on Display Friday

Seven University of Maine undergraduates will take part in a research showcase Friday in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House in Augusta.

The event, which includes undergraduates from all seven UMaine System schools, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. UMaine System Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs James Breece will be on hand to answer questions. A handout profiling the undergraduate students and their projects on display will be available at the event.

The participating UMaine students and their research projects are:

Peter Brooks (fourth-year psychology and Spanish double major) and Christie Edwards (second-year biology major): “Exploring the Alcohol Deprivation Effect in Withdrawal-Seizure Prone and Withdrawal-Seizure Resistant Mice” (faculty mentor: Alan Rosenwasser).

Rachel M. Henderson (fourth-year mass communication major) and Lauren Thornbrough (fourth-year communication major), “Female College Students’ Perceptions of Body Image: Sociocultural Factors and Self-Esteem” (Claire Sullivan).

Shannon Brown (fourth-year marine science major), “Salinity tolerance of the oyster mudworm Polydora websteri” (Paul Rawson)

Joseph A. Rankin (third-year marine science major), “Experimental analysis of bacterial isolates from Porphyra umbilicalis Kützing ( on growth and morphology of blade callus” (Susan Brawley).

Thomas Leeuw (fourth-year marine science major), “In-situ Measurements of Phytoplankton Fluorescence Using Low Cost Electronics” (Emmanuel Boss).

Contact: Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777

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