Grace College Students Present at Indiana Academy of Sciences and Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition

"X-Ray Crystallographic and Spectroscopic Analysis of Some 3,4-Bis(halomethyl)-2,5-dimethylthiophenes," presented by Grace College students Austin Steppey Micah Gerakinis.

“X-Ray Crystallographic and Spectroscopic Analysis of Some 3,4-Bis(halomethyl)-2,5-dimethylthiophenes” presented by Grace College students Austin Steppey (right) and Micah Gerakinis.

The 132nd annual Indiana Academy of Sciences meeting was held on Saturday, March 25, at the J. W. Marriot in downtown Indianapolis. Dr. Chad Snyder, chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics at Grace College, and Dr. Rick Roberts, assistant professor of biology and biology program director at Grace College, attended the event with five students.

The day began early with opening remarks and nominations for next year’s scientific officers, followed by oral research presentations and poster presentations in the afternoon.  Grace College students Abigail Borkowski, Grant Carlson, Micah Gerakinis, Will Lorenz, and Austin Steppey presented research posters in the Chemistry and Science Education session. The students represented 18 percent of the chemistry research presentations and 20 percent of the science education research posters.

Scientific research from a variety of Indiana colleges and universities was presented in oral and poster presentations.  The research covered a wide spectrum of disciplines including anthropology, botany, cell biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, physics, astronomy, science education, and zoology. A diverse crowd of Indiana scientists, professors, graduate and undergraduate science students from institutions met to disseminate and celebrate our state’s ongoing research within the sciences.

Also on March 25, Professors Ryan Johnson and Kristin Farwell of the Department of Mathematics at Grace College accompanied 10 students to the Mathematical Association of America Conference held at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. Grace College students comprised two out of 30 teams in the Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition. The trip was made possible in part to a generous donation from Bruce Sellers, a Grace graduate and supporter of the math department.

 

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