Science and Math Majors Place In KAS Event

WILMORE, Ky. — Senior science majors Joel Noah and Evan Duszynski won awards in the Undergraduate Research Competition at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences (KAS) annual meeting at Western Kentucky University Nov. 13.

Seventeen other science, math and psychology majors also presented research projects at the meeting. Dr. Bobby Baldridge, chairman of the natural sciences department, Dr. David Coulliette, chairman of the math department, and Dr. Janet Dean, assistant professor of psychology, accompanied the students.

The Undergraduate Research Competition involved undergraduate students from across the state of Kentucky. Their presentations, made in categories ranging from agricultural sciences to zoology, were done in either oral or poster form. Judges for each category critiqued and scored the students’ presentations.

Evan Duszynski
Evan Duszynski

Noah, a biology major, placed second in the agricultural sciences category, and Duszynski, a biology education major, placed third in the ecology and environmental science poster category.

“I’m happy that all the hard work that went into the project paid off, but I’m also really thankful that I had the opportunity… to work with the people that I got to work with,” Duszynski said of his research, which he completed as part of a joint project between Asbury University and the University of Kentucky.

The students who competed — with the exception of junior Kenton Sena, who also presented at last year’s KAS meeting — did their presentations as part of their senior research projects.

“In the sciences we require each student to do a senior research project, and their presentations were based on that research,” said Baldridge.

“[It is] very gratifying for us as a department for our students to be willing to put themselves out there … under the scrutiny of other professional scientists,” said Baldridge. “I couldn’t be prouder of our students, and it’s always great satisfaction to our faculty to see them doing that.” 

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