Alexandra Quakenbush
Alexandra Quakenbush

University of Portland senior Alexandra Quakenbush was awarded the an award for science education from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Quakenbush also received second place in her division for her project and presentation.
Quakenbush, a biology and mathematics double major and member of the University’s Honors Program, worked on her project with biology professor Ami Ahern-Rindell. The project is an ethics tutorial for students engaging in undergraduate biological research.
“We were interested in the knowledge students had about acceptable and unacceptable research practices,” Quakenbush says.

She surveyed junior and senior students in biology labs by posing behavior scenarios. The pair found that students had gaps in their understanding of ethical situations, especially in the areas of data collection, authorship and experimental design.

In the future, Quakenbush plans to enroll in graduate school and eventually work for a biotech company.