Human Science Major’s Research Recognized at Sigma Xi Conference

NOVEMBER 15, 2013 - A Georgetown undergraduate earned a top recognition for his research poster at a student conference hosted by Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.

Victor Wang (NHS’15), a human science major at the School of Nursing & Health studies, presented research on plant hormone analogues in cancer treatment at the event, which took place November 8-9, in Research Triangle Park, NC.

His presentation – for which he received a medal and a certificate – was judged to be superior in the cell biology and biochemistry undergraduate division.

“I learned a lot from my fellow presenters, got to attend some informative workshops, and heard some amazing speakers,” says Wang, who called the opportunity “an unforgettable experience.”

Future Potential

On campus, Wang works in the laboratory of Ronit Yarden, PhD, assistant professor of human science.

The geneticist says that Wang is eager to learn and very resourceful in the lab, always offering to coordinate multiple tasks.

"We're so proud of Victor,” she says.  “His success at the conference is another indicator of his potential as a scientist.  I feel fortunate to have undergraduates like him working in my lab."

Promoting Undergraduate Research

Wang says he has learned a great deal through Yarden’s research mentorship.

“I honestly can't imagine what my undergraduate experience would've been like had I not been working in Dr. Yarden's lab,” Wang says.  “The research has become a part of my daily life.  All of us students in the lab work collaboratively and have really formed a warm and exciting work environment.”

Wang participates in the Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP) and helps promote research among students in NHS.

He has organized a series of sessions for faculty members to meet with students to discuss their research and answer questions.  He is also a student leader for the department’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

Other Authors

Other authors on the poster represent the Department of Human Science at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Turin in Italy, and the Department of Urology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

They are Yarden, Claire B. Pollock, PhD, Lymor Ringer (G’12), PhD, Richard Schlegel, MD, PhD, Michael Johnson, PhD, Christopher Albanese, PhD, Christina Prandi, PhD, and Adam S. Feldman, MD, MPH.

By Bill Cessato