Monday, August 17, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Students from Cabell Midland, Huntington High participate in J. Churchill Hodges Summer Scholars Program at Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two soon-to-be Marshall University students from Huntington High School and Cabell Midland High School participated this summer in the J. Churchill Hodges Summer Scholars Program on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

During the two-week program the students, Suzann Al-Qawasmi from Huntington High and Evan Madden from Cabell Midland, worked in MU laboratories with Marshall professors Dr. Michael Norton and Dr. Liz Murray. They studied DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (Ribonucleic acid) and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) while learning about the Atomic Force Microscope.

At the end of the two weeks, Al-Qawasmi and Madden did a presentation of their work for Dr. Chuck Somerville, dean of the College of Science, and Churchill Hodges, for whom the program is named.

Hodges and his wife, Mary, are long-standing major contributors to Marshall University. Churchill Hodges established the Hodges Summer Program five years ago for Cabell County High School seniors who will be attending Marshall in the fall.

The program is designed to generate excitement for research science, and encourage students to study physics, chemistry and biology.  Each year, students from Huntington High and Cabell Midland come to the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center for two weeks.

Cabell County high school seniors interested in attending the J. Churchill Hodges Summer Scholars program next year may contact their high school counselors, science teachers, or Dr. Norton (at 304-696-6627) in the Marshall Chemistry Department.


Photo: The J. Churchill Hodges Summer Scholars Program was conducted this summer on Marshall University’s Huntington campus. Evan Madden from Cabell Midland High School and Suzann Al-Qawasmi from Huntington High School were this year’s participants. Standing in the photo are Madden, left, Al-Qawasmi, middle, and Marshall University professor Dr. Michael Norton. Seated are Dawn Nicholas, a Chemistry graduate student, left, and Marshall professor Dr. Liz Murray, right. Drs. Norton and Murray worked with Madden and Al-Qawasmi during the program, and it was Nicholas’ research that the students were contributing to/collaborating in during the DNA nanotechnology component of their program.

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