Three Waynesburg University students attended the American Chemical Society (ACS) Central Eastern Regional Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, in May 2016. Two students, Jelena Kyle and Brandon Bosley, presented research at the conference.
Kyle, a forensic science alumna, presented her poster, “The classification of key odorants in coffee using solid phase microextraction and gas chromatography mass spectrometry.” The goal of her research was to determine what chemically changes in coffee beans over time.
“I not only gained experience from presenting my poster to a large group of professionals, but I also gained a few contacts, as well as some helpful tips as I travel onto graduate school and continue to do research,” said Kyle.
Even though Kyle graduated prior to attending the meeting, she still wanted to go and present her research so that she could continue to support Waynesburg University.
“I have realized now that no matter what, you may leave Waynesburg, but Waynesburg never really leaves you,” said Kyle.
Bosley, a senior forensic science major, presented his research that examined how heat affects the presumptive and confirmatory forensic analysis of human blood. His poster was titled “Does temperature effect confirmatory analysis of blood, red blood cell morphology and DNA degradation.”
“For me, the meeting was important for the biological and medical lectures and how chemistry was involved,” said Bosley. “I am excited to get into my biochemistry and upperclassman biology classes to see how I can tie in the information that I learned at the conference.”
Bosley credits his classes at Waynesburg with enabling him to relate and process the material presented at the conference.
“My upperclassman science classes gave me the background and ability to understand some complex material that the professionals were rattling off like it was everyday language,” said Bosley.
Kristen Wilson, a senior chemistry (secondary education) major, also attended the conference and had the opportunity to network with professionals in the field, learn about the process of conducting research and discover possible graduate school opportunities.
“I gained a lot of knowledge about the chemistry education research that is taking place right now, which helps me understand how the field is growing,” said Wilson. “It also made me more prepared and excited for my Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer at North Dakota State University.”
Wilson insists that her Waynesburg experience has helped her grow as a professional, while building her resume and understanding the value of research, all of which she is excited to bring back to campus.
“I am able to bring back to my classes at Waynesburg an excitement and interest in research that conferences, such as this one, instill in me,” said Wilson.
ACS regional meetings provide a smaller venue than the national meeting and reflect the diverse professional interests of their geographic regions. These meetings feature technical programs on a variety of topics, poster sessions and expositions.
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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