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ECU Student Achieves Science Collegiate Academy Awards

Maranda Robin Clymer, an East Central University physics major from Ada, won Best Undergraduate Paper and the Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award for Physical Sciences at the 106th Technical Meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science Collegiate Academy Awards for 2017.

Clymer’s winning presentation was entitled “The Effects of Temperature of the Attenuation Coefficient of Ultrasound.”

Her awards were two of six earned by ECU students at the conference.

Gunner Parent, a nursing major from Allen, Oklahoma, won the Outstanding Undergraduate Poster for “Evaluation of the Blue River for Presence of Campylobacter Jejuni.” Parent was assisted by ECU Assistant Professor of Biology April Nesbit.

Josh Hardage, a molecular biology major from Washington, Oklahoma, took the Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award for Biochemistry and Biophysics for his work with ECU alumnus Courtney Karner and Yilin Yu at Duke University. Hardage’s winning presentation was entitled “Mtorc1 is Necessary and Sufficient to Stimulate GLS Activity in Osteoblasts.”

Billy Andrew, of Earlsboro, took the Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award for Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. His presentation was entitled “Utilizing XLSForm and Form-Hub to Digitize Data for the Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society.”

A group effort by ECU students led to the Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award for Microbiology. Matt Broge, Ada; Jacob Grimm, Stratford; Cierra Soden, Ada; Kasav.Karki; faculty member Dr. Charles Biles; faculty member Dr. Alisha Howard and B. Bruton, collaborator through the USDA, had a winning presentation of “Molecular Characterization of Foodborne Plant Pathogens Imported from Central America.”

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