Centre students receive Kentucky Academy of Science awards at annual meeting

Four award-winning students from Centre College were acknowledged during the 2016 Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) research competition at the University of Louisville, Nov. 4-5. More than 700 scientists and students attended the annual meeting, and hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from Kentucky and regional colleges and universities participated in the research competitions. During the conference, KAS presented awards to high-performing students in 19 academic sections with undergraduate oral presentations, undergraduate poster presentations and graduate oral presentations.

Alexandria Szalanczy ‘18 and Isaac Vock ‘19 won first place awards for their undergraduate research oral presentations. Szalanczy presented in the Science Education category and was assisted in her research by Stodghill Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Steve Asmus.

Vock, who presented in the Physics and Astronomy category, completed research with Professor of Physics Philip Lockett and Assistant Professor of Physics Bruce Rodenborn.

Ana Gabriela Mira ‘20 and Brett Vitkun ‘17 both placed second in their respective competitions, Mira in the undergraduate research poster presentation and Vitkun in the undergraduate research oral presentation. Mira presented in the Analytical and Physical Chemsitry category and was assisted in her research by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Leonard Demoranville. Vitkun, who presented in the Psychology category, conducted research with Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience KatieAnn Skogsberg.

The Kentucky Academy of Science is a non‐profit organization, founded in 1914, whose mission is to foster scientific discovery and understanding in the state of Kentucky. Centre College is an Enhanced Affiliate of the Kentucky Academy of Science.

November 30, 2016