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William Smith Student to Present Science Research in Washington, D.C.

Senior Rebecca Gooch will present on pain mechanisms in the human body

Geneva, NY—Through a highly selective process Rebecca Gooch, a senior at William Smith College, was recently chosen to present a poster at the Council on Undergraduate Research's fifth annual Undergraduate Research Posters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The presentation will be viewed by prominent members of Congress, and Gooch and her fellow presenters will then have the opportunity to meet their local representatives.

The poster will show her research in “Conformational Analysis of the DPDPE Enkephalin and its Delta-Opioid Receptor.” Carol Parish, assistant professor of chemistry, sponsored and assisted Gooch on research in developing this understanding of pain mechanisms in the human body. The two have collaborated on this research for more than two years, and Parish notes that “Rebecca's selection honors both her outstanding work and the Colleges' science research opportunities.”

Last April, Gooch was awarded a scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. She was one of only 309 recipients from across the country to receive this very competitive award, the country's top undergraduate science scholarship, which recognizes academic achievement and undergraduate research. Gooch also presented a paper, “Toward a molecular understanding of the enkephalin-opioid receptor interactions,” at the American Chemical Society's National Meeting in San Francisco last spring.

Gooch, of Hamburg, N.Y., is a biochemistry major, and plans to attend medical school next year. She received the William Smith Undergraduate Achievement in Organic Chemistry Award as a sophomore, and studied for a term in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a junior. She is a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Phi Beta Kappa.

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