Manhattanville Alumna's Research Earns Second Place at Tri-Beta Convention

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Manhattanville Alumna's Research Earns Second Place at Tri-Beta Convention

June 13, 2017 • Anonymous

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Olivia Drew '17

Just before walking across the graduation stage at Manhattanville College, Olivia Drew ’17 received second prize for the Frank G. Brooks Award at the Northeast District Convention for Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta).

"I'm so honored that I was awarded second place. It was truly an exciting event to be a part of," Drew, who served as the president of Manhattanville's TriBeta chapter during the 2016-17 year, said.

The award is given for excellence in undergraduate research presented in an oral presentation, according to the organization's website.

Drew presented her research into the use of citrus oils in reducing the amount of antibiotics needed in treating bacterial infections, the presentation at the convention as part of a grant she received from TriBeta. The York, Main native also attended the Eastern Colleges Science Conference with her mentor and professor Dr. Anna Yeung-Cheung.

"Both were educational and informative, while really solidifying the importance of undergraduate research," Drew said of the conferences.

This summer she will be working on the manuscript for her research with Dr. Yeung-Cheung, and hopes that another student will take her research to the next level and obtain more results at the end of 2017-2018. The work will then be submitted to Bios, a journal put out by TriBeta.

In the meantime Drew is applying to post-baccalaureate programs for next year, and then plans on heading to dental school.

Learn more about Drew’s research here.