USC Aiken Has Super Showing at Researchers' Symposium

Staff Report From Aiken CEO

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The University of South Carolina Aiken College of Sciences and Engineering was well-represented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Science, the end of March at Francis Marion University.

"This meeting continues to be an excellent scientific conference for institutions across our state to recognize outstanding undergraduate research," said Dr. Chad Leverette, interim dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering.

In total, 24 USC Aiken STEM students gave either poster or oral presentations at this year's meeting. These students were mentored by eight different faculty from the USC Aiken Department of Biology and Geology and the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

"We are very proud of all who participated and extend a special congratulations to our award recipients," Leverette said.

"I am extremely grateful for our faculty mentors who spend countless hours working with these students.

"It was a great day for USC Aiken's College of Sciences and Engineering."

Several students and their faculty mentors received awards for their research, including:

Best overall undergraduate presentation

Amanda Askins and Dr. Nathan Hancock

1st place: Biology: Cell and Molecular, oral presentation

Amanda Askins and Dr. Nathan Hancock

1st place: Biology: Molecular, oral presentation

McKenzie Spires and Dr. William Jackson

1st place: Biology: Field and Zoology; Environmental Science, oral presentation

Wesley Brison and Dr. Michele Harmon

1st place: Biology: Molecular, poster presentation

Reese King and Dr. Nathan Hancock

1st place: Environmental Science, poster presentation

Shalyn Najjar and Dr. Andy Dyer

2nd place: Biology: Molecular, poster presentation

Rachel Moment and Dr. April DeLaurier

2nd place: Molecular Biology, oral presentation

Kali Wiggins and Dr. April DeLaurier