Biology graduate places third in national research competition

Biology graduate places third in national research competition

Meghan Duell Meghan Duell, a recent biology graduate, won third prize in the oral presentation category at the national convention of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, in Puerto Rico.

She qualified to present her work at the national convention by winning the outstanding presentation award in March at the 2012 Northeast District 2 Regional Convention, hosted by Bloomsburg University, for her research on “Honeybee Stress: Behavioral and Physiological Implications of Flumethrin Treatment.”

Meghan Duell Duell, of Paxinos, was mentored by John Hranitz, Ph.D., professor of biological and allied health sciences, is her mentor.

While in Puerto Rico, she had the opportunity to visit El Yunque National Rain Forest, Luquillo Beach, Camuy River Cave System, and Arecibo Observatory. The trip to Puerto Rico culminates her studies at BU where she participated in the Honors Program, was president of Beta Beta Beta, conducted research in Turkey and Greece as part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, received a Jessica S. and Steven R. Kozloff Undergradaute Research Grant and was awarded a PASSHE study abroad scholarship.

Duell will enter the Ph.D. program in biology at Arizona State University. She is interested in investigating how sensory perception affects behavior, specifically how olfaction influences cognition, foraging, and social behaviors in insects.