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2017 CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum Highlights

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) hosted the 14th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum on Tuesday afternoon, February 28, 2017, held in the Nationwide/Farm Bureau 4-H building.  Forty-four undergraduate student researchers from CFAES and the School of Environment and Natural Resources shared their research in a poster presentation format with faculty, staff, fellow students, and invited family members and guests.

Forty two faculty judges lent their expertise and research insight, evaluating and ranking the presentations in each category and providing invaluable feedback to the researchers.  In addition to a noon luncheon, all student participants received a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble for their efforts. Prizes were also awarded to the top-ranked researchers in each category (1st $100, 2nd $50).

A refreshment reception was held from 3:00-3:30 pm followed by an awards presentation at 3:30 pm.

Please join the College in congratulating the following winners grouped by placing, category, student and research advisor:


Placing     Category                                                Student                         Research Advisor

1st             Animal Sciences - Animal Health         Kendal Searer                Dr. Lisa Bielke

2nd            Animal Sciences - Animal Health         Shannon Kelley             Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia

3rd            Animal Sciences - Animal Health         Mitchell Garrett            Dr. Kimberly Cole

3rd            Animal Sciences - Animal Health         Ellen Schwieterman      Dr. Kimberly Cole


1st             Animal Sciences - Nutrition                  John Bouranis               Dr. Richard Bruno

2nd            Animal Sciences - Nutrition                  Makenzie Thorpe          Dr. Sheila Jacobi

3rd            Animal Sciences - Nutrition                  Jiwon Kim                     Dr. Kichoon Lee


1st             Environmental and Plant Sciences        Hailey Tiarks                Dr. Suzanne M Gray

2nd            Environmental and Plant Sciences        Ashlee Balcerzak          Dr. Steven Lower

3rd            Environmental and Plant Sciences        Andrew Wilk                 Dr. Bill Peterman


1st             Food Science                                          Megan Hoehn                Dr. Monica Giusti

2nd            Food Science                                          Anna Schmenk              Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Saona


1st             Social Sciences                                      Craig Berning                Dr. Brian Roe

2nd            Social Sciences                                      Donald Gase Jr.             Dr. M. Susie Whittington

3rd            Social Sciences                                      Frances Nicol                Dr. M. Susie Whittington


If you missed seeing these award winning posters you will have another chance to see them on display at the CFAES Celebration of Students at the Ohio Union on Thursday evening, April 6, 2017. 

Thanks to everyone who made this a successful event and congratulations to all of our participants.  They worked very hard in preparing their posters and research and I’m sure will represent the College well as most of them are presenting their research at the University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum to be held Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the RPAC.

Please plan to join us again next year for the 15th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum slated for Thursday, March 1, 2018!