Nineteen Missouri S&T undergraduates to exhibit research to state legislators

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On March 11, 2016

Undergraduates from Missouri University of Science and Technology will travel to Jefferson City, Missouri, to exhibit their latest research projects to the state’s top legislators on Tuesday, March 15.

These students, who work on research projects under the direction of faculty advisors, will be participating in the annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, an event that welcomes undergraduates from all four campuses in the University of Missouri System. The event is designed to inform Missouri’s lawmakers about research that is occurring at Missouri universities.

Missouri S&T places an emphasis on providing research opportunities to undergraduate students. The following students will appear at the Missouri State Capitol to represent Missouri S&T:

Edna Armstrong, a senior in biological sciences from Rolla, Missouri, will present “Defending bats from White-Nose syndrome with volatile organic compounds and synthetic biology,” directed by Dr. David Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences.

Robert Block, a junior in chemistry from Rolla, Missouri, will present “Improving the Quality and Availability of Medical Diagnostics through Acupuncture-MRI,” directed by Dr. Klaus Woelk, associate professor of chemistry.

Arielle Bodine, a senior in applied mathematics and economics from Rolla, Missouri, will present “Putt for Show, Drive for Off Course Dough?,” directed by Dr. Michael Davis, associate professor of economics.

Patrick Brennan, a junior in chemical engineering from St. Charles, Missouri, will present “Composite Aminosilica/Polymer Hollow Fiber Sorbents for Carbon Dioxide from Flue Gas,” directed by Dr. Fateme Rezaei, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering.

Abagail Campbell, a junior in biological sciences from Rolla, Missouri, will present “Characterization of Acidophilic Microorganisms in Red Lake,” directed by Dr. Melanie Mormile, professor of biological sciences and special assistant to the provost for faculty affairs.

Kelci Davis, a senior in psychology from St. Charles, Missouri, will present “Drinking Motives and Protective Strategies Predict Crossover Point in a Multiple Choice Procedure,” directed by Dr. Amber Henslee, assistant professor of psychological science.

Stephen Eastman, a junior in chemical engineering from St. Peters, Missouri, will present “Development of CO2 Removal Systems for NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems,” directed by Dr. Fateme Rezaei, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering.

Kent Gorday, a sophomore in physics from Foristell, Missouri, will present “Defending bats from White-Nose Syndrome with volatile organic compounds and synthetic biology,” directed by Dr. David Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences.

Sierra Herndon, a freshman in biological sciences from St. James, Missouri, will present “Improving the Quality and Availability of Medical Diagnostics through Acupuncture-MRI,” directed by Dr. Klaus Woelk, associate professor of chemistry.

Katherine Herries, a senior in geology and geophysics from St. Louis, will present “An Investigation of the Genesis of Microbialite Communities in Storrs’ Lake, San Salvador Island, The Bahamas,” directed by Dr. David Wronkiewicz, associate professor of geology and geophysics.

Benjamin Hill, a junior in mechanical engineering from Marshfield, Missouri, will present “LiDAR Applications,” directed by Dr. Norbert Maerz, professor of geological engineering.

John Hostetler, a senior in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering from Columbia, Missouri, will present “Dielectric EAP Composite Actuation for use in Aeronautic Aileron Actuation,” directed by Dr. Lokeswarappa Dharani, Curators’ Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Morgan Hovis, a junior in chemical engineering from Fredericktown, Missouri, will present “Development of Paraffin Selective Adsorbents for Ethylene/Ethane,” directed by Dr. Fateme Rezaei, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering.

Ava Hughes, a senior in biological sciences from St. Louis, will present “Isolation and Characterization of Novel HaloAcidophilic Microorganisms Present in Hypersaline Lakes from Western Australia,” directed by Dr. Melanie Mormile, professor of biological sciences and special assistant to the provost for faculty affairs.

Darian Johnson, a senior in chemical engineering from Kansas City, Missouri, will present “A low-cost lithium-borate compound for solid state lithium ion battery electrolyte,” directed by Dr. Amitava Choudhury, assistant professor of chemistry.

Katlyn Lonergan, a senior in geology and geophysics from Raymore, Missouri, will present “Isolation and Characterization of Novel HaloAcidophilic Microorganisms Present in Hypersaline Lakes from Western Australia,” directed by Dr. Melanie Mormile, professor of biological sciences and special assistant to the provost for faculty affairs.

Angelica Oliva, a senior in chemical engineering from Sullivan, Missouri, will present “Simulation of Cement Flows using Yield Stress Model,” directed by Dr. Joontaek Park, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering.

Jenna Slocum, a sophomore in nuclear engineering from New Haven, Missouri, will present “Production of Radioactive Gold Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatment,” directed by Dr. Carlos Castano, associate professor of nuclear engineering.

Samuel Smith, a junior in information science and technology from Bourbon, Missouri, will present “A Study to Understand Human Behavior in Managing Information Security,” directed by Dr. Fiona Nah, professor of business and information technology.

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