Belmont University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics hosted the annual Middle Tennessee Regional Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science in the Wedgewood Academic Center on April 16. This event serves as an opportunity for students to showcase scholarly work and foster collaboration with local universities. This year, 33 students from Belmont University, Cumberland University, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University and Vanderbilt University gave oral presentations in one of four sessions including chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, health and medical sciences and math/computer science/physics.
The meeting was coordinated and run by Dr. Duane Hatch, assistant professor of chemistry. All sessions were moderated and judged by faculty volunteers who awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place certificates to the top three presenters in each session. Faculty judges were Dr. Lori McGrew, Belmont, Dr. Steve Murphree, Belmont, Dr. Danielle Garrett, Belmont , Dr. Steven Damo, Fisk, Dr. Qingxiu Li, Fisk, Dr. Kim Atwood, Cumberland University and Dr. Mary Kidd, Tennessee Tech University.
The following are the winners from each session:
Chemistry: 1st – Daniel Beagan (Belmont), 2nd – Shekinah Baum (Belmont), 3rd tie – Rukiayah Warner (Fisk) and Libby Ligon (Belmont)
Cellular and Molecular Biology: 1st – Alexandra Ruff (Vandy), 2nd – Alyssa Tidwell (Belmont), 3rd – Kathryn Hook (Belmont)
Health and Medical Sciences: 1st – Parker Tumlin (Belmont), 2nd – Araceli Garland (Belmont), 3rd – Brandy Sweet (Belmont)
Math/CS/Physics: 1st – Sharee Brewer and Ashley Davis (Fisk), 2nd – Tucker Dowell (Belmont), 3rd tie – Howsikan Kugathasan (Fisk) and Gwendolyn Buchanan (TTU)