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Wilson Biology and Chemistry Majors Present Research, Student Wins Best Oral Presentation

Posted: April 3, 2012

Nine Wilson College seniors presented the results of their research at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS), held March 30-April 1 at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa.

A total of 349 student researchers from across Pennsylvania present their findings, making it the largest PAS conference since the 1970s.

The following Wilson students presented research: Tonya Bender, Ashley Wetzel, Ciera Rhodes, Emilee Beidel, Briana Doscher, Chelsea Varner, Alyssa Bernard, Laura Beck and Lori Fedorczyk.

For the first time, the Pennsylvania Academy of Science judged oral presentations and posters and provided a monetary award for the top three places in each category. Chemistry major Tonya Bender tied for first place in the oral presentation category for her presentation, “Characterization of Algae Bio-oil Produced by Microwave-Assisted Pyrolysis: A Study of the Potential for Algae Bio-oil as an Alternative Fuel Source.” Oral presentations were assessed in categories for scientific merit (ranging from experimental methodologies to analysis of results) and presentation qualities, including visual impact and fielding of questions. The overall score was reflective of all subcategories.

The 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.

Last Updated: April 5, 2012