Friday, December 15, 2017

Students Shine In Annual Westminster College Student Symposium On The Environment

The 10th Annual Student Symposium on the Environment was held on December 7th at Westminster College in Wilmington, Lawrence County.
Shaun Busler, Cliff Denholm, Margaret Dunn, Vicki Michaels, Wil Taylor, Brandi Miller, Kirk Brethauer, Charlie Cooper, and Becky Lubold from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition were on hand to take in the evening’s student presentations and creative works on environmental topics.
This year, approximately 75 students from 11 regional colleges, universities, and high schools gave oral presentations and provided poster displays on a variety of environmental research subjects.
Dozens of professionals, educators and watershed organizations came to the McKelvey Campus Center to support the showcasing of some amazing student work.
Some of the topics included small mammal presence and abundance at Jennings Environmental Education Center, coffee and humans (an ecology of the consumer), annual precipitation and its effects on the growth of sugar maple trees, student construction of a spectrophotometer, the impact of environmental exposure on trace metals in human hair, DCNR invasive species initiative, natural dyes and textile art, the effect of size and age of ash trees on the selectivity of the emerald ash borer, and many more!
Special thanks go out to the symposium judges, the oral session moderator-- Audrey Nickle, symposium organizers Dr. Helen Boylan and Tauni Caylor, many student volunteers, and to Stream Restoration Inc. for sponsoring the awards.
The students did an impressive job showcasing their research and many excellent projects!  Congratulations to all of the award winners!
Best Environmental Project: Anna Cowie (Winner) and Samantha Laurence (Honorable Mention) Best Research Poster: Shadrack Ampomah (Winner) and Grant Gagnon (Honorable Mention) Best High School Project: Dalton Fussnecker (Winner) and Jonathan Micsky, Brianna Pennington, Caylee Jayne, Kyle Wingard (Honorable Mention) Best Oral Presentation: Sydney Tomechko (Winner) and Tyler Hunt (Honorable Mention).
(Reprinted from the December edition of the Catalyst newsletter by the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition in Butler County.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)
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