BAR HARBOR — Olivia Lopes, a senior at Waterville High School, received an award for the best presentation by a high school student on July 30 at the Student Symposium at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. Lopes is one of 37 high school and college students conducting research at laboratory this summer. She is the daughter of Tiffany and Joe Lopes, of Waterville.

At the symposium, each student presents his or her work in posters or 15-minute talks for the scientists, their families, and the public at the annual symposium.

Lopes is working with Sandra Rieger, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the laboratory, who studies the role of nerve growth in healing and regeneration. At the symposium, Lopes talked about her study of the effects of doxorubicin, a chemotherapy drug, on nerve cells. Her work is supported by the James S. Murphy, M.D., Fellowship Fund at the laboratory.

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