Cameron University student earns honors at Oklahoma Research Day at the Capitol

Phillip McGhee accepting the 3rd place at the 2009 Research Day at the CapitolCameron University student Phillip McGhee, a senior biology major from Elgin, earned third place in the scientific poster competition for regional and community colleges and universities at the 2009 Research Day at the Capitol, held February 23. McGhee's winning poster is entitled "Modulation of NAG Gene Expression Following Treatment of Cells with Camptothecin." He has been studying the function of the NAG protein for nearly two years while doing undergraduate research in the laboratory of Dr. Carla Guthridge, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences.         
                                                                                    OSRHE Chancellor Glen D. Johnson
                                                                                                                and Phillip McGhee

"It has been a joy working with Phillip in the research lab," says Guthridge. "He brings the right blend of intelligence, curiosity and dedication to his work. Success in research takes patience, persistence and perseverance, and Phillip exhibits all of these traits."

"Phillip McGhee exemplifies the outstanding research that can be done by our undergraduate students," says Dr. Anton E. Wohlers, CU Director of Academic Research. "His achievement demonstrates the high quality of our students."

Research Day at the Capitol celebrates excellent undergraduate student research conducted on Oklahoma's college campuses. The event was initiated in 1996 as a way to inform legislators and the public about the high quality research being conducted by the state's higher education institutions in science, social science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the National Science Foundation sponsor the annual event.

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March 2, 2009
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