Four JCU Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Concentration students received award plaques for research project manuscripts submitted in the 74th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC). Kelly Dvorsky received an Award of Excellence for a Research Paper in Biochemistry, Kledio Janku received an Award of Excellence for a Research Paper in Health Sciences, Diana Rios Guerrero received an Award of Excellence for a Research Paper in Physiology, and Arianna Soika received an Award of Excellence for a Research Paper in Psychology.
The manuscripts were a culmination of an independent research project, which is a component of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Concentration at John Carroll University led by Dr. Helen Murphy and Dr. Cyrilla Wideman.
Faculty judges from various universities and research institutions in the Eastern section of the country evaluated all research. For judging purposes of the manuscripts, student and institutional names were deleted (“blind review”) so that evaluators would not be prejudiced by the gender of the author or by the institution in which the research was conducted.
ECSC is the oldest undergraduate research conference in the United States. For 33 consecutive years, neuroscience students of Drs. Murphy and Wideman have received Excellence/Outstanding Awards for research in Biology, Chemistry and/or Psychology at the ECSC. The Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Concentration at JCU involves students who major in Biology, Chemistry, or Psychology.