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TWU students present research at American Chemical Society meeting


ACS conference

Photo credit: Shannon Drawe
Cutline: Kayla McConnell, left, and Sarah Sutherland

DENTON – Texas Woman’s University students Kayla McConnell of Denton and Sarah Sutherland of Allen were among only a handful of undergraduate students to present their research at the Spring 2012 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, in which more than 400 universities participated.
Ms. McConnell, a senior biochemistry major, and Ms. Sutherland, a senior chemistry major, presented their research investigating sequences of DNA relating to cancer and cancer treating drugs at the meeting, which was held in San Diego March 23-27.

“Being able to engage in research as an undergraduate is an honor in itself, but being asked to present that research at the ACS meeting is truly astounding,” Ms. McConnell said. “This shows how TWU views student research – especially women in research – and allows us the privilege of showing the world what TWU students can achieve.”

Ms. Sutherland added, “As an undergraduate student and researcher, presenting at the conference was an eye-opening confidence booster. There are a lot of students from ‘big name schools’ who work hard, and getting to present with them shows that the research at TWU stands among the best.”

Ms. McConnell and Ms. Sutherland are the co-authors of the poster “Investigations of inter and intramolecular G-quadruplex DNA oligomers related to the human telomere sequence,” along with recent TWU master’s of science graduates Brenna Tucker and Dinesh Yada.

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