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Alabama Trip with Tri-Beta and ASB

Posted by Shannon Garrick '17

April 19, 2017

Category: Student Blogs


shannongarrick.jpgOnly a month left until I finish my last sets of finals in my undergraduate career and graduation shortly thereafter. The time is creeping up really close.

Since I have been at Catawba, I have always wanted to attend a conference where I can present my own work.  As a part of my independent study, presenting a poster or talk is required, whether at a conference or as a part of Catawba's Research Creativity Symposium.

At the end of March, I was able to go to Alabama with a group of six other students and three biology professors.  The conference was at the Renaissance Hotel, where there were a variety of activities, events, talks, and poster sessions for everyone to enjoy.  I presented a poster on my research that was started by my interest that stemmed from my summer internship.

During the conference, I got the opportunity to attend Dr. Coggin's talk on 23andme, a DNA testing kit, and what he has learned from his personal experience with the program and his expertise.  All of us got the opportunity to attend poster sessions and talks, including each other for support.  Many schools came together to present posters during a two-day span for both the American Southeastern Biologists (ASB) and through Tri-Beta (Tau Eta).  The final day included an awards ceremony for those that were in Tau Eta chapters, with two of our own students receiving awards for their talks.

Additionally, we all got the opportunity to spend time together outside of the classroom/lab.  On the first day of the conference, we attended a social that was held at the Riverwalk Stadium. Although we were rained out, we enjoyed grilled foods and live music inside the stadium. We got the chance to explore downtown Montgomery, ate at local places, and explore the Riverwalk Park near the hotels.

It was definitely an awesome trip to go on my final semester as an undergrad.