High school intern wins recognition with OSU research

NicoleNicole Biddinger, a senior from Bartlesville High School, interned in the Jeyasingh lab last summer conducting experiments to understand thermal tolerance in ancient and extant Daphnia genotypes that were resurrected from resting eggs in lake sediments. Working closely with OSU-Zoology senior, Rosa Yorks, Nicole found that ancient genotypes were more sensitive to thermal stress compared to more recent genotypes. Nicole has presented this work at multiple regional and national competitions. She won six awards at the Bartlesville Science Fair, and has been invited to present her work at: Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Phoenix, AZ), Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting (San Antonio, TX), GENIUS Olympiad (Oswego, NY), and US Stockholm Junior Water Prize (Portland, OR). She also competed at the Oklahoma State Science & Engineering Fair and won three awards, including the Jimmie Pigg Outstanding Research in Aquatic Biology award. Finally, she was awarded $1,500 scholarship and an invitation to represent the midwest at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (Dayton, OH).