Advancing STEM research requires building connections between contributors.
The 2021 Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MOLSAMP) Undergraduate Research Symposium, which took place April 9-11, allowed participating STEM scholars to present their research and extend their networks.
Three earned awards for their research presentations.
The students from the programs who participated at the symposium include:
DeHart presented “Temperature and Discharge Monitoring of Springs and Streams to Approximate Water Drainage Basins in The Springfield Plateau, Missouri.”
Gomez presented “Water Quality Analysis of the Springfield Plateau Aquifer.”
Her faculty advisor is Gutiérrez.
Meadows presented “Synthesis and Characterization of Oximates of Pt-group Metals.”
Morales presented “Plant Host Specialization by Bees and Implications for Conservation.”
Padilla presented “Synthesis of Tunable Mesoporous Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles for Biological Applications.”
His faculty advisor is Dr. Adam Wanekaya, department head of chemistry.
Reyes presented “Transgressive Segregation of Leaf Shape in Grapevine.”
Her faculty advisor is Dr. Laszlo Kovacs, professor of biology.
Gutierrez and Drs. Kyoungtae Kim, associate dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS), and Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, assistant professor of electrical engineering, participated in the symposium as volunteer judges for the poster session.
The award winners
Reyes earned 1st place for her presentation. She received a $200 award.
DeHart earned 2nd place for his presentation. He received a $150 award.
Morales earned honorable mention for her presentation. She received a $50 award.