Beverly Andre, a junior biology major, pre-medical sciences option, was recently notified that she was one of 18 students to receive a student research grant from the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences.
Beverly's research examines "The Effects of Pesticides on Sub-lethal Stress in Honeybees." Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are important economically and agriculturally for honey production and as pollinators for major food crops. Unfortunately honeybee populations are declining, due in part to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This condition is widespread and multiple causes have been proposed including pathogens, parasites, poor nutrition, environmental factors, pesticides and antibiotics. One major cause of CCD that has received increased attention, is the infestation of bee hives with Varroa mites that carry viruses that kill larvae, pupae and adult bees. This research, a collaborative project between Bloomsburg University and the Beekeeping and Development Center (AGAM) in Bursa, Turkey, will investigate the sublethal effects of mite abatement treatments on honeybees. Beverly's project aims to determine the levels of HSP70, a measure of intracellular stress, before and after treatment with various pesticides. This research has the potential to inform beekeepers on the pesticide types and dosages that will control the mite infestation while minimizing stress to the honeybees. Beverly's research mentors are Dr. Surmacz and Dr. Hranitz.
Beverly plans to attend medical school. She has participated in a summer program at UCLA to help her prepare for a medical career and a Future Docs program at Jefferson Medical College. Beverly is active in campus life. She is on the Multicultural Student Advisory Board, the treasurer of the Black Cultural Society, the treasure of IMPACT, a member of the BU Dance Ensemble and the Gospel choir,was involved in the Health Science Living and Learning Community, and was inducted in Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society. Congratulations Bev!