How does the surrounding light affect how strongly squid skin expresses iridescence? How is a fish’s diet altered by pollutant nitrogen in salt marshes? Why do some neurons regenerate after spinal cord injury, and others do not?  These and a host of other questions will be addressed Thursday, August 15, at the 2013 MBL Undergraduate Research Symposium, beginning at 8:50 AM in Lillie Auditorium.

web-REUnoyes5699Several students will be discussing the mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education grant. Others spent this summer at the MBL through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)  program. Thursday’s symposium was organized by the directors of the MBL-REU program, which is known as “Biological Discovery in Woods Hole.”

The full symposium schedule with abstracts is here. Come see what some of the MBL’s youngest scientists have discovered!