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Left to right: Sen. Kent Conrad (D) North Dakota; Zane Young, MSU undergraduate student; Mikhail Bobylev, associate professor chemistry.
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Undergraduate on the Hill

For the second year in a row an undergraduate student from Minot State was chosen to present at a prestigious national conference. Zane Young, of Minot, was selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research for a presentation at the 2010 Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. During the event about 60 undergraduate students from the entire nation presented their research to the members of the United States Congress on Capitol Hill. The students and their faculty advisors spent the entire day in the US Capitol, first meeting with their state Representatives and Senators, and then presenting their research during the poster session.

This event helps members of Congress to better understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom the federally-funded programs impact.

Young's research focuses on the rapid synthesis of piperonylformamide. Specifically, Young developed a new method of synthesis of an important natural product that could be used for the preparation of safe natural pain-killers and other medicines.

Young completed his work in the lab of Mikhail Bobylev, associate professor of chemistry.