Missouri S&T – News & Events – Missouri S&T Announces Undergraduate Research Conference Winners

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Twenty-six students received recognition and cash prizes as winners of the 17th Annual Missouri S&T Undergraduate Research Conference in April. The conference featured oral exhibitions and posters representing the work of students in a wide variety of disciplines. First place winners received a cash prize of $500. Second and third place received $250 and $100, respectively. Prizes for group projects were divided equally among group members.

During this year’s conference, dozens of Missouri S&T students presented their research projects to the audience. Students had to prepare either an oral presentation or a poster summarizing their research, and had to be prepared to answer questions from judges and conference attendees. To see the full list of students who participated along with their research summaries, visit Academicsupport.mst.edu/experientiallearning/ugrc.

Oral category:

Arts and Humanities

First place – James Drennan, a second-year Spanish and Civil Engineering student from St. Louis, for a piece of research titled “La Fuerza de la Mujer (The Strength of Women).” The research director is Dr. Emilia Barbosa, assistant professor of Spanish.

Second Place – Donovan Mefford, a history senior from Hannibal, Missouri, for research titled “The Motives and Purposes of the German Peasants’ War”. The research director is Dr. Michael Bruening, professor of history and political science.

Engineering

First Place – Jacob Head, a Petroleum Engineering Junior from Imperial, Missouri, for research titled “Impact of Fiber on Crosslinkable Particle Gels”. The research advisor is Dr. Baojun Bai, professor of petroleum engineering.

Science – section 1

First Place – Joey Gloriod, a chemistry senior from O’Fallon, Missouri, for the research titled “THQ Synthesis, Formation of Aerogels for CO2 Capture”. The research director is Dr. Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis, professor of chemistry.

Second Place – Reece Beattie-Houser, a physics junior from Wildwood, Missouri, for research titled “Scalar Susceptibility of a Dilute Classic XY Model”. The research director is Dr. Thomas Vojta, emeritus professor of physics at the curators.

Science – section 2

First Place – Anthony Lonsdale, a senior physics graduate from Kansas City, Missouri, for research titled “Applying Spin Dynamics Methods to Uranium Dioxide”. The research director is Dr. Aleksandr Chernatynskiy, associate professor of physics.

Second Place – Samuel Hackett, a freshman chemistry student at O’Fallon, Missouri, for research titled “Carbon Aerogels for High Capacity Adsorption of CO2”. The research director is Dr. Chariklia Sotiriou-Leventis, professor of chemistry.

Science – section 3

First place – Michaela Quinones, a bioscience junior from Kansas City, Missouri, for research titled “Nutrient Release from Aquatic Plants.” The research advisor is Dr. Dev Niyogi, professor of biological sciences.

Second Place – Allison Hermelink, a second-year biochemical engineering student from Kansas City, Missouri, for research titled “NMR Relaxometry of the Conversion of Syngas to Methanol.” The research director is Dr. Klaus Woelk, Associate Professor of Chemistry.

Third place – Jordan Stevens, a physics senior from Terre du Lac, Missouri, for research titled “Early Dark Energy in Precision Cosmology”. The research director is Dr. Shun Saito, assistant professor of physics.

Poster Category

Arts and Humanities

First place – Gregory Dreisewerd, a first-year mechanical engineering student from Ballwin, Missouri, for a research titled “The History of the Automobile in the United States”. The research adviser is Dr. Diana Ahmad, emeritus professor of history and political science at the Conservatives.

Engineering

First place – Caleb Moellenhoff, a sophomore in chemical engineering from Ballwin, Missouri, for a research titled “Designing Novel Modular Biodiesel Plant”. The research director is Dr. Joseph Smith, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering.

Second Place – Elizabeth Nolte, a first-year computer science student in Manchester, Missouri, for research titled “Simulation of a Photonic Crystal Fiber”. The research director is Dr. Mina Esmaeelpour, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Research proposal

Second place – Christian Bigler, a freshman bioscience student from Fenton, Missouri, for research titled “Effect of Dbf2 on Phosphorilation”. The research advisor is Dr. Katie Shannon, teaching professor of biological sciences.

Science – section 1

First Place – Jennifer Harrell, Senior Biological Scientist from Union, Missouri, for research titled “Evaluating the Effects of Age and Gender on the Severity of TBI”. The research director is Dr. Julie Semon, associate professor of biological sciences.

Second Place – Vaughn Foreman, a chemistry junior from Raytown, Missouri, for research titled “Supramolecular Assembly of Metal Phosphates”. The research director is Dr. Amitava Choudhury, associate professor of chemistry.

Third Place – Maya Washington, Senior Biological Scientist of Town and Country, Missouri, for research titled “Effects of Autoimmune Diseases on MSCs”. The research director is Dr. Julie Semon, associate professor of biological sciences.

Science – section 2

First place – Rachel Adcock, sophomore geology and geophysics student from Kearney, Missouri; Stephan Houser, a sophomore in geology and geophysics from Carl Junction, Missouri; Mercedes Lane, a sophomore in geology and geophysics from Berea, Kentucky; and Emma Puetz, a geology and geophysics junior from Rolla, Missouri, for research titled “Mineral Compositional Changes during Weathering.” The research director is Dr. David Wronkiewicz, associate professor of geology and geophysics.

Second place – Amberly Scott, a bioscience junior from Foristell, Missouri; John Sneed, a senior biological scientist from Rolla, Missouri; and Kathryn Zychinski, a second-year biology and physics student from St. Louis, for research titled “Insecticide Metabolic Responses of Two Lepidoptera.” The research director is Dr. Niranjana Krishnan, Assistant Research Professor of Biological Sciences.

Third place – Alexis Baiter, a senior environmental scientist from Pevely, Missouri; and Sage Wood, a freshman bioscience student from Jefferson City, Missouri, for research titled “Enzyme Inhibitors and Insecticide Effect on Caterpillars.” The research director is Dr. Niranjana Krishnan, Assistant Research Professor of Biological Sciences.

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Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university with more than 7,200 students. Part of the University of Missouri’s four-campus system and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 fields of study and is among the top 10 universities in the nation for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T is also home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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