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Thirty-one students compete in CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum

CFAES partnered with the Ohio Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta to host the 11th annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum on Feb. 20 in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium in Columbus. Thirty-one undergraduate student researchers from CFAES, including from the School of Environment and Natural Resources, shared their research in a poster presentation format with faculty, staff, fellow students, and invited guests and family members.

Eighteen 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 3:30-4 p.m. sponsored by Gamma Sigma Delta, followed by an awards presentation at 4 p.m. The annual Gamma Sigma Delta Awards and Initiation led off the awards presentation and concluded with the recognition of all the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum student researchers and judging results.

Please join us in congratulating the following winners grouped by category:

Animal Sciences, Nutrition

  • 1st: Brooklyn Wagner, Animal Sciences, Animal Biosciences major from Columbus.
  • 2nd (tie): D. Logan Morris, Animal Sciences, B.S. in Nutrition major from Hillsboro.
  • 2nd (tie): Rachel Townsley, Food Science and Technology major from Urbana.

Animal Sciences, Health

  • 1st: Paula Chen, Animal Sciences, B.S. in Nutrition major from North Canton.
  • 2nd: Hannah Kester, Animal Sciences, Animal Biosciences major from Ravenna.

Environmental and Plant Sciences

  • 1st: Stephanie Verhoff, Sustainable Plant Systems, Agronomy major from Columbus Grove.
  • 2nd: Robert Medberry, Environmental Science, Water Science major from North Bend.

Food Science

  • 1st: Anastasia Purgianto, Food Science and Technology major from Jakarta, Indonesia.

Social Sciences

  • 1st: Nicholas Rettig, Agribusiness and Applied Economics major from Napoleon.

Thanks to everyone who made this a successful event, and congratulations to all of our participants. They worked hard in preparing their posters and research and will surely represent the college well, as most of them are presenting their research at the University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on March 26.

The 12th annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum is slated for Feb. 19, 2015.