Schedule of Events

Virginia Academy of Science
Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney, VA


9:00 – 9:50 Check In/Registration (Crawley Form)
Poster Set-up and Meet and Greet (Crawley Forum)

  • All meeting attendees should check in at the Check-In Table in the Registration Area.
  • Following Check-In student applicants for the Undergraduate Research Grants should set up their posters on their assigned poster boards.
  • Coffee, tea and other beverages will be available for all meeting registrants in the Check-In area.
9:15 – 9:45 Judges Meeting (Crawley Forum Viar Room)

  • All judges will meet with the VAS President-Elect and review the criteria for judging the proposals and posters as well as the procedure for selecting the grant recipients.
9:50 – 10:00 Welcome, Opening Remarks and Instructions (Crawley Forum)
Woodward Bousquet, Environmental Studies Program,  Shenandoah University, VAS President-Elect and Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting Coordinator
10:00 – 12:30 Evaluation of Posters (Crawley Forum)

  • Each poster will be evaluated by a team of judges.  The judges will meet with the grant applicants and the applicants should be prepared to give a very brief summary (no more than 5 minutes) of the proposed research and then respond to questions from the judges.
12:00 – 1:45 Lunch Break and Panel Discussion (Settle Hall – South Dining Room)

  • Lunch and beverages will be available for all meeting registrants in Hampden-Sydney’s dining facility.
  • A panel discussion – Advice from Science Professional about Careers and Graduate School – will take place from 12:45 – 1:45 pm.
12:30 – 3:00 Judges Lunch and Meeting (Settle Hall – Main Dining Room)

  • During this time period the judges will select the recipients of the 2017-2018 VAS Undergraduate Research Grant Awards.
2:00 – 2:15 Welcome to Hampden-Sydney College (Gilmer Hall Room 019)

J. Larry Stimpert, President, Hampden-Sydney College

Michael Wolyniak, Elliott Associate Professor or Biology, Hampden-Sydney College

2:15 – 3:15 Invited Keynote Speaker (Gilmer Hall Room 019)

Kristian M. Hargadon, Elliott Associate Professor of Biology, Hampden-Sydney College

Tipping the Balance in the War on Cancer:  How Insights into the Basic Biology of Tumor Progression are Revolutionizing Cancer Therapy

Recent years have been witness to an explosion in therapeutic strategies for the treatment of cancer.  In particular, immunotherapy and targeted therapies have been met with unprecedented success in the clinic and have emerged as powerful weapons to combat this dreaded disease.  In his keynote address, Dr. Hargadon will discuss how these advances in cancer therapy have been made possible only by advances in our understanding of the basic biology of tumor progression.  Using work from his laboratory on melanoma-associated immunosuppression and the role of the FOXC2 transcription factor in melanoma growth and metastasis, he will emphasize the ongoing need to gain new insights into cancer progression and highlight how undergraduate student researchers in his lab are making contributions that may ultimately inform the design of novel cancer therapies in the future.

3:15 – 3:45 Announcement of Grant Recipients (Gilmer Hall Room 019)
Robert  Atkinson, Dept. of Organismal & Environmental Biology, Christopher Newport University, VAS President
3:45 – 4:00 2017-2018 Undergraduate Grant Recipients Assemble for Photographs (Gilmer Hall Room 019)
3:45 – 4:30 Poster Removal (Crawley  Forum)
Check Out and Departure (Crawley Forum)

  • During this time period student applicants for the Undergraduate Research Grants should remove their posters from their assigned poster boards and leave the poster board and push pins with the easel for subsequent pickup.