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Undergraduates presenting at symposium

July 22, 2015

Two undergraduate students and a University of Detroit Jesuit High School student are presenting at the Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (MID SURE) at Michigan State University today.

Joseph Samona, a rising senior in Biology; Chelsea Watkins, a rising third year in DDS program; and Kevin Begic, high school student at University of Detroit Jesuit are presenting a poster of their summer research.

The topic of their presentation is “RNAi targeted to the Drosophila melanogaster gene Mary Shelley results in temperature dependent phenotypic alterations.”

All three students are working in Dr. Jacob Kagey’s lab this summer.  “This is an excellent opportunity for them to share their research findings with their peers and faculty from across Michigan,” says Kagey.  “Not only have they gained research experience in the lab but they are presenting it.  This is not something many undergraduates let alone high school students can say.”

High school student, Begic, is one of five University of Detroit Jesuit High School students taking part in a summer program in Kagey’s lab.

For more information on the symposium, please visit

Poster Presentation at MID SURE

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