The College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS) hosted the 2021 CNAS Undergraduate Research Symposium April 29-May 3.
We appreciate the efforts of all who took part in the event and would like to offer special recognition to all who won awards at the symposium.
About the award winners
Award winners at the symposium include:
Biology: Ecology, Wildlife and Conservation
1st Place: Abigail Giering
Giering presented “Do Ozark Native Duckweed Species Stand A Chance Against Non-Native Landolita Punctata in Ammonia Polluted Waters?”
Dr. La Toya Kissoon-Charles, assistant professor of serves as her advisor.
2nd Place: Madoch Jamroch and Allison Scott
Jamroch and Scott presented “Anatoxin-A Detection in Springfield Water Systems.”
Biology: Cellular, Microbiology and Genetics
1st Place: Nhi Le and Cameron Kirk
Le and Kirk presented “Kinetic Analysis of Cadmium Quantum Dot’s Traffic.”
Their faculty advisor is Dr. Kyoungtae Kim, associate dean of CNAS.
2nd Place: Dailyn Jones
Jones presented “Identification of the Teratogenic and Toxic Effects of the Herbicides Hexazinone, Mecoprop and Thifensulfuron-Methyl on Zebrafish Embryonic Development and Survival.”
Dr. Ryan Udan, associate professor of biology, was the advisor on this project.
1st Place: Autumn Pilarski
Pilarski presented “1H Solution NMR Analysis of an 8MER Non-Palindromic DNA Sequence Containing a U:G Mismatch.”
Her faculty advisor is Dr. Gary Meints, associate professor of biology.
2nd Place: Giselle Campos and Samuel Nack
Campos and Nack presented “Computational Study on Structure of IR Spectral Library Using Cluster Analysis.”
1st Place: Dominic Zucchini, Tyler Tracy, Cassidy Johnson and Whitney Vermillion
They presented “Contactless Level Acquisition and Monitoring System (CLAMS).”
2nd Place: Curtis Brumfield, Kyle Doran, Logan Reed and Benjamin Hynes
They presented “Understanding the Basics of Power Factor Correction.”
Their faculty advisor is Dr. Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, assistant professor of electrical engineering.
1st Place: Dorian DeHart
DeHart presented “Temperature and Discharge Monitoring of Springs and Streams to Approximate Water Drainage Bains in the Springfield Plateau, Missouri.”
2nd Place: Brianna Williams
Williams presented “Plagioclase Zoning as an Indicator of Magma Processes at San Pedro Volcano, Central Volcanic Zone, Chile.”
Her faculty advisor is Dr. Gary Michelfelder, associate professor of geology.
Geography, Geospatial and Planning
1st Place: Ramona Gomez
Gomez presented “Water Quality Analysis of the Springfield Plateau Aquifer.”
Dr. Melida Gutierrez, professor of geology, is her advisor.
2nd Place: Kara Smith
Smith presented “Your Personal Tour Through Dublin, Ireland.”
1st Place: Courtney Roberts, Elijah Sellers, Mara Presot and Bethany Osheim
They presented “Tourists’ Perceptions of Destination and Its Products: The Case of Italy.”
1st Place: Fiona Wu and Slade Gunther
Wu and Gunther presented “Mixed Erdos Type Point Configuration Estimates.”
2nd Place: Rachel Heili
Heili presented “Using Mathematical Arguments as a Tool to Develop Conceptual Understanding in a Developmental Mathematics Class.”
Her faculty advisor is Dr. Patrick Sullivan, associate professor of mathematics.
Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science
1st Place: Daniel Amuedo
Amuedo presented “Free-Standing Liquid Membranes as a Non-Fouling Filter for the Removal of Micro-Plastics from Water.”
His faculty advisor is Dr. Tiglet Besara, assistant professor of materials science.
2nd Place: Tyler McGilvry-James
McGilvry-James presented “Artificial Intelligence for Defect Examination (AIDE).”
His faculty advisor is Dr. Ridwan Sakidja, professor of physics.