Anthony Sassi, a senior biology major from Norwich University conducting research with Prof. Natalia F. Blank, was awarded Best Poster Presentation at the third-annual Northest Undergraduate Research Development Symposium (NURDS). This National Science Foundation-supported conference promotes scientific exploration through peer collaboration. It was held March 5-6, 2011, at the University of New England’s Biddeford, Maine campus. Sassi presented a research project entitled: “Synthesis of Chiral 1,2-diamines via Asymmetric Addition of Organolithium to 1,2-diimine. A Mechanistic Study.” The NURDS symposium featured research projects by undergraduate students from the New England region and Atlantic Canada. Nearly 170 students from 42 colleges and universities presented projects in the area of marine biology, medical biology, ecology, evolution, geology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, environmental science and others. Sassi expects to graduate in May and is evaluating graduate programs.