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During the Kentucky Academy of Science’s 99th annual meeting, Berea College faculty and students earned 17 awards, including eight first-place awards, tying Northern Kentucky University for the most first-place awards in Kentucky.
Since 1913 the Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting has provided a venue for Kentucky’s scientists and student scientist to publicly present their research before more than 800 attendees.
Dr. Megan Hoffman, professor of biology, received the academy’s honor as the 2013 Outstanding College/University Teacher award. For more than 20 years, Hoffman has taught introductory and upper-level biology and general education courses. She has been active in campus governance and served for four years as the as director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, Communication and Research.
In cellular and molecular biology, Berea students earned the top three awards and in physics and astronomy Berea students earned the top two awards.
The following 16 students all received recognition for placing in the top three in a category.

Undergraduate Oral Presentations: Cellular and Molecular Biology

First Place Taylor Rutherford

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Second Place Shanequa Roscoe

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Third Place Franceska Mehmeti

Chemistry: Analytical/Physical
Second Place Pyae Phyo

Chemistry: Organic/Inorganic
Third Place Michael McCann

Ecology and Environmental Science
First Place Leif VanLaar

Physics and Astronomy
First Place Danielle Schaper

Physics and Astronomy
Second Place Kyle Godbey

Psychology First Place Priyanka Shrestha

Undergraduate Poster Presentations:
Agricultural Sciences
First Place Caitlin Thomas

Cellular and Molecular Biology
First Place William Assan

Engineering First Place Denzell Barnett

Health Sciences Third Place Amber Boothe

Physics and Astronomy
Second Place Preston Tucker

Psychology Third Place Rachele Johnson

Science Education First Place Joshua Wedding

The Kentucky Academy of Science is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science in our Commonwealth. The Academy encourages scientific research, promotes the diffusion of scientific knowledge, and unifies the scientific interests of the Commonwealth.


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