Asbury Students Shine in Science Research – Asbury University
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November 20, 2015

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Students presented research and won awards at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science

Asbury University science students had the career-building opportunity to present research recently at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS), held at Northern Kentucky University.

Asbury is always well-represented at KAS, but students’ research this year was especially strong. Nine students in Asbury’s Natural Sciences department presented research and five took home awards, including two third-place and three first-place awards.

“It’s a great opportunity for science students to build communication skills and participate in a larger environment,” said Ronald Sams ’17, a research presenter and award winner. “As a student, you can do research without presenting it, but in the real world you’ll have to be able to communicate your ideas. Presenting research at KAS helps you hone the skills you need to do that.”

The following students presented research at KAS:

  • Allegra Forwith ‘16 — Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Christopher Pauley ‘17 — Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Cierla McGuire ‘16 — Ecology and Environmental Science (3rd Place)
  • David Smith ‘15 — Agricultural Sciences
  • Harold Brabon ‘16 — Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Jacob Meece ‘16 — Physiology and Biochemistry (1st Place)
  • Meredith Anderson ’16 — Agricultural Sciences (1st Place)
  • Ronald Sams ‘17 — Ecology and Environmental Science (1st Place)
  • Tyler Ogden ‘16 — Health Sciences (3rd Place)

Student success at Asbury is directly linked to faculty involvement, and the student research presented at KAS was no different. Professors attending the conference included Ben Brammell, Bruce Brannan and Malinda Stull. All attending professors mentored the students in their research and were co-authors on their posters.

According to Brammell, presenting research at KAS is both an academic learning tool and an opportunity for professional growth. Participation in research opportunities like KAS has become an expected part of an undergraduate degree in science and is essential for post-graduate success. Additionally, research can be a measure of educational quality — and Asbury University earns top marks.

“Research in general, and particularly the inclusions of undergraduates in research, is key indicator of department quality,” Brammell said. “It is encouraging to see our students do so well when competing against very high-quality research conducted at institutions all over the state.”

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