Two MSU undergrads have been accepted to present research projects at the annual National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) at Harvard University.

Jenna Carter, a Biomedical Laboratory Science senior, and Clare Laut, a Microbiology senior, have been accepted to present research projects at the annual National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) at Harvard University, which takes place January 23-25, 2015.  Student participants in this conference have the opportunity to present their research through poster and plenary sessions.

Carter, who has been conducting research on influenza with MSU Professor Dr. Paul Coussens, will present “Stability of Influenza Virus in a New Vaccine Model,” which focuses on a cell culture-derived vaccine production process designed to improve influenza vaccine production, providing greater protection during a pandemic.

Laut, who has been conducting research on Group B Streptococcus with MSU Assistant Research Professor Dr. Shannon Manning, will present “Acidic Exposure and Enhanced Colonization in Group B Streptococcus,” in an effort to assess the role of biofilm and pH response in transcriptome remodeling in host colonization.

“When I found out that I was being asked to present at the conference I was beyond excited, and honestly, I am a little shocked I will be traveling to Harvard,” Laut said.  “I think my attendance at this conference will help me in my search for graduate programs that fit me and aid in guiding me in discerning plans for my future career and academic goals.  Conferences like NCRC are important for undergraduates to attend because of the incredible exposure to great science that they provide.”

The NCRC is a platform for undergraduates from across the nation to share their interest in research.  NCRC promotes the growth of a national undergraduate research community by facilitating communication, collaboration, and identity for undergraduate students in the global research sphere.  Networking at NCRC provides students with opportunities to form connections with both Harvard faculty and peers with a shared interest in research.

For more information about NCRC, visit http://ncrc.hcura.org/about-ncrc/the-conference/