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Summer undergraduate research opportunities return to Belmont

Devon Williams
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NASHVILLE, TN — Belmont’s College of Sciences and Mathematics’ Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in the Sciences program allows students of all levels to apply for a position on a concentrated, six-week research study over the summer.

Those who got chosen are given one of their top selections among the diverse faculty-led research, giving them practical experience working in a research team in the field or at graduate school.

Students acquire experiences with advanced instruments and take weekly lessons on excellent research procedures while interacting with other researchers and academic mentors.

Some students, like rising senior biology major Hannah Moore, who has engaged with Biology Professor Dr. Chris Barton since her first year, come back year after year. Their research has focused on finding ways to repurpose antimalarial medicines for cancer treatment.

Moore said that working on this research for multiple years has not only increased her faith in the lab but has also resulted in the project being expanded sufficiently to produce a paper. Her research will eventually be put through clinical trials, according to her team.

Moore intends to pursue medical education eventually, and this kind of experience will help her to get there. But it’s the personal part of Belmont labs that she appreciates the most, which she doesn’t experience in other labs.

On July 9, students will share their research in the Janet Ayers Academic Building using poster presentations. For a comprehensive summary of some of the other projects going on under the program this summer, you can visit their page at

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