Science Symposium

Two science symposia poster sessions are held each year at Trinity.  In the third week of September, all students who did summer research are required to present their work.  At the end of the spring semester of each year, a College-wide Science Symposium includes work by individual research students in all STEM departments and programs, projects created for courses in science, psychology and sociology, senior theses, senior engineering design projects and computer science senior projects and research by the Health Fellows.​

  • All abstracts must be in Microsoft Word.

  • Do not use lines, boxes, or borders.

  • You must have a title, presenter name(s), class year(s), and faculty sponsor(s) info.

  • Abstract should briefly summarize (up to 300 words) the introduction, methods, results and conclusions of your research. Abstracts longer than 300 words will be truncated.

  • Be sure to spell check and proofread your document.

  • Have your faculty sponsor check your abstract before you submit it.



Sara Benevento ‘06

Faculty Sponsor: Alison J. Draper

 Rubber particles from automobile tires wear off with use and contribute to water pollution as they leach harmful chemicals into the environment.  In an effort to examine the effects of these water-soluble chemicals, Salmonella typhimurium was used to assess the mutagenicity of tire rubber leachate. Tire tread particles were leached in hard water for 10 days at room temperature with constant agitation, filtered through a 0.45 µm nylon membrane and stored at 4ºC until use.  The leachate was concentrated 10- and 100-fold with a C-18 solid phase extraction column, extracted into hexane, dried under N2 and reconstituted in DMSO. Bacterial mutagenesis assays using Ames strains TA 1535 and TA 1538 were performed according to Standard Methods. Briefly, bacteria were pre-incubated in nutrient broth for 12 hr at 37°C with shaking. Then, 0.1 ml of test material (in DMSO), 0.5 ml of rat liver S-9 mixture, and 2.5 ml of melted top agar were added.  After 20 min additional incubation, the contents were vortexed, poured on minimal agar plates, and incubated at 37°C for 60 hr before being scored.  Revertant colonies were counted and scored against negative control plates (DMSO), and diagnostic mutagens analyzed with each experiment served as positive controls. Evidence suggests that tire rubber leachate requires metabolism to induce mutation and may be mutagenic at elevated concentrations.  While no mutagenesis was detected with unconcentrated tire rubber leachate, proportional mutagenesis was observed with 10:1 and 100:1 concentration.  With a growing number of automobiles on the road there is a marked increase in the amount of tire rubber particles entering the environment: collecting on roadways as dust and eventually being washed into local waterways.  Further work will be directed towards identifying the mutagenic chemical(s) in these particles and may suggest the elimination of toxic compounds in future tire production.     


A scientific poster is a highly effective communication tool that combines a verbal presentation with a visual aid. Posters have the advantage of allowing the presenter to discuss his or her research with a small and interested group of people. Sessions are usually held for a limited amount of time. To be taken seriously and maximize communication, posters should look professional. To do this, incorporate good basic graphic design principles, use good quality art materials and papers, and use color as an organizing tool. The average interaction time for a poster presentation is 5-10 minutes. Therefore, you must use visual short-cuts and plan your verbal presentation carefully to do posters well.
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Please note that the area available for hanging posters is 4' by 4'