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Morehead State students win state awards for scientific research

Seven Morehead State students earned awards at the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) poster and oral presentation competition.  

The competition was held during the KAS annual meeting, held virtually Nov. 6-7. Awards were presented for first, second and third place in 17 categories. Winners are:   
  • Ethan Chandler from Ashland, a senior chemistry/biomedical sciences major, first place-Cellular and Molecular Biology, "Creating a Circular Chromosome in Saccharomyces cerevisiae."
  • Junior Breanna Epperson from Wallins Creek, a physics education major, third place-Science Education, "Increasing Student Engagement in Introductory Online Physics."  
  • Dylan Grupe, a junior majoring in mathematics education from Lexington, third place-Physics/Astronomy, "Long Term Monitoring of the Seyfert 1 Galaxy MKN 110 Using Swift."
  • Senior Becca Mikula, a chemistry and physics/astrophysics major from Savannah, Missouri, first place, Computer and Information Sciences, "Developing a Level 1 Data Processing Script for the Lunar IceCube Mission."
  • Reganne Miller from Carlisle, a senior psychology major, third place-Social Sciences, "Tracking and Different Modality Secondary Task Performance."
  • Parker Poulos, a senior majoring in physics/astrophysics from Mt. Sterling, second place-Physics/Astronomy, "A Multi-Wavelength Study of the Quasar PKS2135-147."
  • Jacob Wagoner from Morehead, a junior majoring in applied physics, first place-Physics/Astronomy, "Limb Darkening made 'easy' with smartphones and solar projection."  
The KAS is a membership-based scientific society with thousands of members across the Commonwealth. The mission of the KAS is to foster scientific discovery and understanding in Kentucky.  

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