Students and faculty from the University of North Georgia’s Department of Biology attended the 89th annual meeting of the Georgia Academy of Sciences, held March 29-30 at Valdosta State University. At the conference, students from both the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses presented their research on topics from an analysis of oregano and garlic oil as antimicrobial agents to a study of seasonal patterns of macroinvertebrate drift in north Georgia streams. Sabrina Jones, a student at the Dahlonega campus, was given an honorable mention for best student presentation in the biological sciences section.
Sixteen UNG students also recently presented research at the Association of Southern Biologists meeting held April 10-13 in Charleston, West Virginia. The Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honors Society awarded several students for their presentations at the conference. Jessica Vincent received a second place award, and Greg Morgan and the team of Rick Ross, James Rice, and Giuliano Mion both received honorable mentions. Dr. Ryan Shanks, assistant professor of biology, praised the students for their accomplishments.
"UNG students brought home three of the five awards given for our southeastern district," Shanks said. "Each of these students represented UNG extremely well by clearly showing the high-level research opportunities this institution provides our students."