At the 68th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) held at Marist College in New York on April 5, 2014, Rachael Libertin ’14 received an Award of Excellence for the Outstanding Research Paper in Health Science, Anthony Lytle ’14 received an Award of Excellence for the Outstanding Research Paper in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Ijaza Saadat ’14 received an Award of Excellence for the Outstanding Research Paper in Psychology. For judging purposes of the manuscript, student and institutional names were deleted (“blind review”) so that evaluators would not be prejudiced by the gender of the author or by the institution in which the research was conducted. In addition, Christopher Benhatzel ’14 received an Award of Excellence for the Outstanding Poster Presentation in Heath Science.
The manuscripts and poster were a culmination of an independent research project, which is a component of the Neuroscience Concentration at John Carroll University. Faculty judges from various universities and research institutions in the Eastern section of the country evaluated all research. There were more than three hundred participants from approximately 20 colleges or universities at the conference.
For 27 consecutive years, neuroscience students of Drs. Helen Murphy and Cyrilla Wideman have received First Place/Excellence Awards for research in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Psychology at the ECSC. The Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Concentration involves students who major in Biology, Chemistry, or Psychology.