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Whaley, Humphrey and Pfau applauded for research presentations

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University is proud to announce Marcus Whaley and co-presenters Andrew Pfau and Noah Humphrey as top presenters of the 2024 Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work (sURC), awarded recently at the School of Natural and Social Sciences chapel.

Whaley, a junior Environmental Biology major, presented his research paper, “Interaction of Physical Factors and Sampling Methods on Assessment of Hellgrammite Populations.”

Noah Humphrey and Andrew Pfau, both senior Biology Pre-Medical majors, presented “Controlling Membrane Permeability through Protein-Lipid and Cation-Lipid Interactions.”

All three students were also a part of MVNU’s Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) in 2023.  

The Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Work is an annual gathering that provides students with the opportunity to present extended research projects, exemplary class assignments, or other independent scholarly work. This event provides students with a true capstone experience. This year featured 38 presenters who were reviewed by university faculty for the quality and sophistication of their projects as well as the clarity of their presentation.  

Over 200 faculty, staff, student, and extended community members attending the symposium. 

For more information on sURC, visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education both in-seat and online to nearly 2,000 students from 25 states and 11 foreign countries.

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