Pennsylvania Academy of Science

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  Wilson Students Earn Top Honors at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science

Seven Wilson College seniors presented the results of their research at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS), March 21-23 at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.Students from 37 colleges and universities participated.

The following Wilson students presented: Jyotsna Dhakal, Monica Drummond, Emma Echanis, Jeaneva Gagne, Cortney Roper, Meghan Stine, and Janelle Wills.

Jyotsna Dhakal, a biology major, was awarded first place for her presentation “Determining the Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Bacillus Calmette-Guérin Vaccine-Induced Immune Response in Guinea Pigs.”

Meghan Stine, a biology major, received the second place prize for her presentation “Habitat effects on captive elephant reproduction: A study of size and quality of captive elephant habitats for both Asian and African elephants.” In addition, Meghan was the recipient of an outstanding research grant from the Pennsylvania Academy of Science.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Science judged oral presentations and posters and provided a monetary award for the top three places in each category. Oral presentations were assessed in categories for scientific merit (ranging from experimental methodologies to analysis of results) and presentation qualities, including visual impact. The overall score was reflective of all subcategories. 

This is the third year for the award competition and the third year that a Wilson student has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Science for excellence in the oral presentation category.

All students represented Wilson College with poise and professionalism. The physical and life sciences faculty are proud of the students’ efforts in the laboratory/field and their dedication in preparing for the meeting.   

 Abstracts and photos for all presentations can be viewed here.