BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College students, Kelly Reneau and Ashley Berardi have showcased their 7886Ashley_Berardi.jpgresearch projects at the West Virginia IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence's (WV-INBRE) 6th annual summer research symposium. 

Berardi, a junior biology major is the daughter of Fred and Regina Berardi of Follansbee, W. Va. She conducted research with Dr. Albert S. Berrebi in the Neuroscience Department at the Heath and Sciences Center of West Virginia University, where they observed connections of a specific group of neurons within the auditory system.

"Gaining research experience at West Virginia University helps me build on my education at Bethany College so that I can better prepare myself for my goal of becoming a veterinarian," Berardi stated.

8167Kelly_Reneau.jpgReneau, of Grafton, W. Va. is a senior biology major. She conducted research with Dr. Lawrence Grover in the Department of Pharmacology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. Reneau was one of the few selected participants to present a poster as well as give an oral presentation on her project, REM Sleep and Short Term Spatial Memory Function In Rats.

Berardi and Reneau also attended seminars on research ethics and laboratory animal use. Weekly videoconferences informed WV-INBRE participants of career opportunities in the biomedical field.

Students from Bethany, Alderson-Broaddus, Wheeling Jesuit University, Shepherd University, Glenville State College, West Virginia State University, West Virginia Wesleyan College and other West Virginia worked with doctors, summer interns and fellows during the eight-week program, beginning on June 4th and running through August 2nd at West Virginia University and Marshall University.