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FGCU Undergraduate Researcher Presents Work in Washington, D.C.

FORT MYERS, FL - Four Florida Gulf Coast University students had their undergraduate research presented in Washington, D.C. April 20 in a competitive poster contest hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Luisa Tellez presented "To Be or Not To Be A Cauliflower," the work of Tellez and FGCU students Ron Baumgart, Rose Seoanes and Jaime Singer. Tellez was amongst 80 other undergraduate researchers from around the nation selected from 160 applicants.

The researchers displayed posters summarizing their research to members of Congress, federal agency officials and invited guests at a reception in the Rayburn House Office Building. They made visits to the offices of their senators and members of the House of Representatives to thank Congress for its support of undergraduate research and to discuss current issues in science policy.

The National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, USDA, and other federal, state and private agencies funded the research.

The student presenters and their faculty mentors attended a breakfast on Capitol Hill celebrating the event and Congressional Science Fellow Martin Sokoloski in the office of New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt gave the welcome address. National Institutes of Health program officer Jean Chin addressed the process by which NIH funds extramural research and opportunities for undergraduate students. Council on Undergraduate Research national executive officer Elaine Hoagland briefed participants on current science policy issues and the logistics of constituents' visits to senators' and representatives' offices.

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national professional association representing faculty and administrators at nearly 1,000 academic institutions. CUR and its governmental and private partners facilitate collaborative research by students and their faculty mentors.

For more information, contact biotechnology assistant professor Marilyn Cruz-Alvarez at (239) 590-7237.

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