Science majors present research

By Heidi Heater, a junior from Jackson, Ky.
WILMORE, KY—Ten science majors present research projects Nov. 8-10 for competition at the 93rd annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science. Topics include in-depth study in microbiology, agricultural sciences, chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, ecology and environmental sciences.

Asbury College science students are required to fulfill an independent research project during senior year in conjunction with a faculty adviser. According to Dr. Frank Wilbur, professor of biology, many students opt to complete this requirement during the summer between junior and senior years at Asbury College or at a major research institution throughout the United States. The science department believes that conducting undergraduate research strengthens students’ applications to graduate and medical schools.

During the past 10 years, 10 percent of these students have published research in referred journals. Nearly 100 percent of Asbury College graduates are accepted to graduate school. More than 80 percent are accepted to medical school.

This year’s KAS competition is at the University of Louisville in conjunction with Bellarmine University. Asbury College participants include Alicia Lewellen, Sarah Rose, Brian Bennett, Thaddeus Salmon III, Caroline Brown, Patrick Hatfield, A. Caitlynn Taylor, Christina Nelson, Brittany Freeman and Ryan Jacobi.


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