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(Back row, L to R): Matthew Riddle, Joshua Lester, Micah Buckel, Dr. Bobby Baldridge, Aaron Baker. (Front, L to R): Wanda Eberhard, Christie Otto, Emily Rehner, Mrs. Ann Witherington. (Not Pictured: Nathan Defreitas, Cory Butler, Dr. Bruce Branan. Photo by Dr. Bruce Branan

WILMORE, Ky. — On November 1, nine Asbury College students gave oral presentations on their senior research projects at the Kentucky Academy of Sciences held at the University of Kentucky.

Participating students could give talks in areas ranging from agriculture to zoology. All Asbury College students were entered into the Undergraduate Research Competition (URC) in the area they presented, and once again Asbury students did wonderfully.

Four students received recognition for their presentations. Christie Otto placed first in Ecology and Environmental Science, Matt Riddle also placed first in Cellular and Molecular Biology; Wanda Eberhard received second place for her presentation in Physiology and Biochemistry; and Micah Buckel placed third in the Health Sciences division. Other participating students include Nathan Defreitas (Chemistry), Cory Butler (Physiology and Biochemistry), Aaron Baker (Health Sciences), Emily Rehner (Ecology and Environmental Science) and Josh Lester (Cellular and Molecular Biology).

Research is part of the curriculum for all Asbury College science students. A semester or summer-long research experience is required to be completed by all science majors before graduation. Approximately 50 percent of all students conduct this research off-campus, usually at a large research university during the summer months. Other students have competed this requirement at Asbury College working under the supervision of one of Asbury College’s faculty members.