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CSO Students Sweep STEM Expo

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 4:35pm

On May 11th, 2013 the Belmont University Curb Event Center hosted the inaugural STEM EXPO for the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. Students from around the mid-state region showcased projects from several disciplines including STEM research, engineering, and biotechnology.

The Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach had students from several of our programs participate in the STEM Expo including the Vanderbilt School for Science and Math (SSMV), Stratford STEM Magnet and Hillsboro High School Interdisciplinary Research and Science (ISR) programs. In the STEM Research category students from these programs swept the awards:

Gold: How does sequencing the GAPDH gene in the Asclepias asperula plant species aid in determining phylogeny? Alex Jolly (Hillsboro High School), Gray Tettleton (Hume-Fogg), Arturas Malinauskas (Hume-Fogg), and Valeria Garcia (Hume-Fogg)

Silver: What is the Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) gene sequence of the plant species Echinacea tennesseensis and how does it relate to that of various threatened/endangered plant species? Catherine English and Nhung Hoang (Overton High School)

Fecal Coliform and E. Coli Sampling and Tracking in the Richland Creek Watershed. Emma Kingsbury (Hillsboro High School)

The Effects of Mouthwash on Spearmint Growth and Soil Composition. Emma Reynolds (Hillsboro High School)

Bronze: Water Quality Testing at Cooper Creek. Desiree Schutt, Desitnee Schutt, and Shelby Seaborn (Stratford STEM Magnet High School)

Richland Creek Pollution. Madison Winsert (Hillsboro High School)

In the Engineering II category:

Silver: The Influences of Socio-Demographics on Recycling Behaviors in the Hillsboro Cluster. Mason Freeman (Hillsboro High School)

In addition, each business partner had the opportunity to choose one group to receive an Excellence Award. The Desiree Schutt, Destinee Schutt, and Shelby Seaborn won the award from the American Society of Civil Engineering, Mason Freeman won the award from Volunteer State Community College, and Emma Reynolds won the award from Aegis Sciences Corporation.

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the STEM Expo!