Recent graduates earn $2,000 research grant

Two recent graduates of ‪#‎Loras‬ College and a faculty member recently earned a $2,000 McElroy Student-Faculty Research grant for their work with dictyostelium discoideum, a single-celled organism, sometimes referred to as slime mold, currently being used in multicellular development research.

Micaela Fosdick, of Chenoa, Ill., and Bailey O’Brien, of Cascade, Iowa, and Kate Cooper, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, earned the grant for the project entitled “Effect of Overexpression of PSTPIP1 in Cell Chemotaxis and Slug Phototaxis in Dictyostelium.”

Both former students graduated in May. Fosdick Magna Cum Laude in biological research and O’Brien Maxima Cum Laude also in biological research. Both were also members of the honors program.

This marks the 19th year that the McElroy Trust has sponsored this program. Under this research program, students develop close apprentice-mentor relationships with professors who often inspire them to pursue meaningful advanced study after college or professional opportunities in business, industry, education or government.