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A piece of cake

Biology students presented their own research to a national audience at the prestigious Argonne National Laboratory with confidence.

Speaking to undergraduates and professionals at the symposium was a piece of cake for the Foresters. “Our students are really qualified. They give amazing talks,” Biology Professor Karen Kirk said. 

Lake Forest’s small class sizes provide many opportunities for students to give voice to their work, something larger schools can’t offer. That’s one reason Wendy Deng ’15 of China wasn’t nervous. “I did my presentation in class and at a student symposium, so I was used to it,” she said.

Deng also drew on her semester interning at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where she presented research to students and professionals.

Participating in the Argonne symposium is a decade-long tradition at Lake Forest that will continue for future biology students. “It’s good for our students to present at a national lab. They get a lot of exposure,” Kirk said.

Students who presented with Deng were: Luis Beltran ’15, Medellin, Colo.; Jeremy Boeing ’15, Schaumburg, Ill.; Khadijah Hamid ’16, Des Plaines, Ill.; Tyler Kaplan ’16, Riverwoods, Ill.; Shannon Lakemacher ’15, Round Lake Beach, Ill.; Sally Nahhas ’16, Lincolnwood, Ill.; Gabe Trujillo ’15 Fenton, Mich.; and Yuqing Zhu ’16, China.