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Science Students Stupefy Judges

On November 8-10, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and ecology and environmental students presented summer undergraduate research at the 93rd annual Kentucky Academy of Science meeting at the University of Louisville.

Professors Ron Rosen and Dawn Anderson accompanied the twenty-three Biology majors who presented their undergraduate research from various universities and colleges at the event. The presentations were given in the form of an oral lecture or research poster.

All of the students who participated in the program performed well in each of their research fields, according to Anderson. “Ron and I attended every presentation and are very pleased to report that they all did just fantastic. We couldn’t have been more proud. All of the Biology students were excellent representatives of the Biology Department and of Berea College,” Anderson proudly stated.

Students that placed in the competition are:

David Foster - First Place Cellular and Molecular Biology Poster Competition

Jessica Price – Second Place Chemistry Oral Presentation Competition

Tsering Dolma, Brea Viragh, Robert Twiggs, Aaron Fidler, Dikshya Bastakoty and Miluka Gunaratna – First Place Ecology and Environmental Science Poster Competition

Elizabeth Fleming – First Place Ecology and Environmental Science Oral Presentation Competition

Joshua Sparks – Second Place Health Sciences Oral Presentation Competition

Amanda Hensley - Third Place Zoology Oral Research Presentation Competition

Katherine Johnson - First Place Zoology Poster Competition

Kayla Meadows - First Place Chemistry Poster Competition

Brea Uiragh - First Place Ecology and Environmental Science Poster Competition

Kannatassen Appavoo - First Place Physics and Astronomy Oral Presentation Competition

Shiblee Ratan Barua - Fourth Place Physics and Astronomy Oral Presentation Competition

Meadows, who won first place for her chemistry poster titled “New Synthetis Pathways to Abnormal and Normal N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes," said with enthusiasm, “KAS was an awesome experience. To be able to compete with so many different schools and so many different projects, and to win, was a great honor. But I think we were all winners just because we made it that far.”

More information about the annual meeting may be found at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences website if you are interested in reading further about their work. Also, many of the posters that were presented at the meet are on display in the Science Library on the second floor of the Science Building.

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