Belmont’s College of Sciences and Mathematics hosted The Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS) Collegiate Division Middle Region Meetingon Saturday, April 18. The meeting included research sessions for chemistry, ecology/zoology/botany, cellular/microbiology/health and medical science and mathematics/engineering/computer science. The TAS meeting was coordinated by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Duane Hatch.
A total of 37 student presenters from Belmont University, Tennessee State University, Motlow State Community College, Fisk University, Volunteer State Community College and Austin Peay State University presented research in 15 minutes presentations.
Each session was judged by faculty volunteers and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention awards were presented. Belmont faculty volunteer judges included Drs. John Niedzwiecki, Robert Grammer, Nick Ragsdale, Lori McGrew, Chris Barton, and Roger Jackson, biology, and Drs. Rachel Rigsby and Justin Stace, chemistry. Belmont student volunteers included biology majors Brandy Sweet, Mohamed Darwish, and Austin Demaagd.
The following Belmont students won awards:
- Chemistry: 2nd place – Daniel Beagan, 3rd place – Victoria Lim
- Ecology/Zoology/Botany: 1st place – Sonia Kadakia, 2nd place – Jackson Smith, 3rd place -Brielle Davis, Honorable Mention – John Gossen
- Cellular/Microbiology/Health and Medical Science: 1st place – Lauryn Bouldin, 2nd place – Justin Smith, 3rdplace – Stephanie Ray
TAS seeks to promote scientific research and knowledge diffusion, encourage communication between scientists, especially in Tennessee, develop and make known state resources, and arrange and prepare reports of investigations and discussions as they further the aims and objectives of the academy.