ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College senior MacKinzie Smith is among 28 undergraduate student interns selected to participate in the 2017 WV-INBRE Summer Research Program. The 10-week program provides the students with formal research training while expanding their learning experience through workshops, seminars, mentoring and use of state-of-the-art core facilities.
As interns in the WV-INBRE program, students conduct biomedical research projects under the direction faculty mentors and will present the results at the Summer Research Symposium later this month at Marshall University.
Smith is completing her internship at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University under the mentorship of Dr. Ivan Martinez, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Cancer Center at the WVU School of Medicine. The research project focuses on studying the importance of certain RNAs (ribonucleic acid) in cancers related to human papillomavirus.
Smith is the daughter of Sandy and Lisa Carter of Renick, W.Va. At D&E, she majors in biology and was selected in 2016 to join the first group of residents of the Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy. She is the worship leader for weekly chapel service and a member of the cross country and track teams, and the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir. She also is a pianist and performs with small singing groups.
The student interns were selected for the WV-INBRE program based on their academic record, particularly in science related courses, laboratory experience and career goals, in addition to other criteria.
Funding for WV-INBRE is provided by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
The Davis & Elkins College biology program is designed to develop an understanding of the process of scientific inquiry as well as an appreciation of the unity and diversity of life. To serve the needs of students with differing career interests, two degree options are offered. The Bachelor of Science in Biology major is intended for preparing for professional or graduate schools, or employment in more technical careers in biology. The Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Science major is for those who want expertise in biological and environmental issues for less technical careers.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.