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Sean S. Major of Slidell, an undergraduate biological sciences major,works with Dr. Rick Miller, assistant professor of biological sciences, in the greenhouse atop Southeastern's new four-story Biology Building. Dr. Miller is investigating the evolution, ecology, and systematics of plants using the morning glory as a study subject.
At Southeastern, working one-on-one with nationally and internationally known faculty on important research is not a privilege reserved just for graduate students.
Whether they are helping to develop inhibitor drugs for the West Nile Virus and HIV,
investigating ways to save and restore threatened wetlands, or studying the evolution
of plants, undergraduates can get in on the action, too.
Biologystudent Sean Major of Slidell is working as an undergraduate research technician with Dr. Rick Miller, assistant professor of biological sciences, who is using the morning glory as a study subject to investigate the evolution, ecology, and systematics of plants.
In the greenhouse atop the new four-story Biology Building, the faculty and student scientists are growing and collecting leaves from Mexican morning glories. In the lab, they extract DNA from the leaves.
Dr. Rick Miller said he thoroughly enjoys his work as a professor in biological sciences."One of the greatest joys is being able to interact with exceptional young scientists, like Sean Major," said Dr. Miller. "He and his peers inspire me to try to provide excellent research opportunities that will help them grow and develop intellectually."
Sean said his research experience is providing him with "too many advantages to list. The most important advantages to me," he said, "are seeing how the process of science actually takes place, appreciating the dedication and hard work required in science, and seeing how an experienced researcher solves problems and makes decisions."