HCC biotech students receive awards

Kyle Ebersole, HCC biotechnology student; Dr. Cindy Dove, HCC biotechnology professor; Laura Price, Frostburg State University biology student; and Dr. David Puthofff, Frostburg State University biology chair.

(September 29, 2017)— Students from Hagerstown Community College’s Biotechnology program recently presented at the Mid-Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society Meeting at the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge in Laurel, Md. Samantha Kurapaty, of Boonsboro, received an award for Best Poster Presented by a High School Student, and Laura Price, of Frostburg, received Best Poster Presented by an Undergraduate Student.

Kurapaty is an ESSENCE student from Boonsboro High School. While taking Introduction to Applied Biotechnology this summer at HCC, Kurapaty researched genetically engineering petunias in Western Maryland. At the meeting, she presented “Are there Transgenic Petunias in Western Maryland?”

Price is an undergraduate student studying biology at Frostburg State University (FSU). Working in collaboration with HCC, she presented “Identification of Candidate Genes for Anthocyaninless (ANL).” The team included Kyle Ebersole, Justin Kint, Mattie Hoover, Elsie Martinez, and Mary O’Connell, all HCC biotechnology students; Dr. Cindy Dove and Dr. Savita Prabhaker Prabhakar, HCC biotechnology professors; and Dr. David Puthofff, FSU Biology Chair. 

The Mid-Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society was formed to provide a high quality, accessible and affordable plant molecular biology meeting each year for scientists in the Mid-Atlantic region. In the sciences, presenting a poster requires a visual and vocal representation of the research data, as well as a question and answer session.

For more information about The Mid-Atlantic Plant Molecular Biology Society, visit http://bioinformatics.towson.edu/mapmbs. To learn more about HCC’s Biotechnology Program, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/biotech. 

Photo (from left to right): Kyle Ebersole, HCC biotechnology student; Dr. Cindy Dove, HCC biotechnology professor; Laura Price, Frostburg State University biology student; and Dr. David Puthofff, Frostburg State University biology chair. 

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