USC Leonard Davis Students Win Awards at Undergraduate Symposium

Three USC Leonard Davis undergraduate students were recently recognized for their scientific achievements at the 20th Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work on April 11.

Sandhyarani (Sandhya) Gullapalli, mentored by Patrick Sun, PhD, of the Davies Lab,  earned second place in the category of Life Sciences I for her poster “Potential Local Adaptation to Stress in Mitochondrial and Nuclear Protein Degredation Measured in Lon Protease and Proteasome Activity in a Widely Distributed Intertidal Marine Organism”.

Sarah Wong received second place in Life Sciences II for her poster “Tissue-Specific and Systemic Adaptation to Oxidative Stress in D. melanogaster”.

Christina Sisliyan’s poster, “Is the Adaptive Homeostatic Response to Oxidative Stress Sexually Divergent in D. melanogaster,” earned an Honorable Mention in the category of Life Sciences II.

Sisliyan and Wong were both mentored by  Laura Corrales-Diaz Pomatto, USC’s first Biology of Aging PhD graduate, who is currently at the National Institute on Aging at the National institutes of Health. All three honorees are members of Professor Kelvin Davies’ lab.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the symposium provides undergraduates with the unique opportunity to exhibit and share examples of their significant research and creativity with the university community and features research in arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences and math and engineering. Students present work in a variety of ways, such as through poster/panel sessions, art exhibits, and electronic media. With $1000 first prizes and $500 second prizes in each category, the event awards over $15,000 in prizes each year.