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Science Student to Represent UHD during Research Day at the Capitol

The third biennial Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol will take place Wednesday. During the event, undergraduate students will showcase their research experiences for Texas legislators and the public through high-quality poster displays. The program will highlight the ways in which undergraduate research positively impacts the state and its residents.

UHD's own Geraldine Schott-Lerner, will stand among approximately 70 other students representing more than 50 private and public colleges, universities and health science center programs across Texas. Schott-Lerner will present her project, "Investigational Studies of Saffron Extract on Streptococcus Mutans Biofilms," under the direction of faculty advisor Poonam Gulati. The research explores the use of saffron extracts as a replacement for commercial mouthwash for inhibiting the occurrence of Streptococcus mutans bacteria in the mouth.

Student participants, campus liaisons and faculty advisors will tour the Capitol, attend House and Senate committee hearings and schedule meetings with local legislators.

Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol is coordinated by the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC), the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Inc. (ICUT) and the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC).