Exceptional Student Work Showcased at Conference

Lone Star College Montgomery News

Published on: May 31, 2011 To celebrate a rising standard of student work, Lone Star College-Montgomery hosted its annual Communication Across the Curriculum (CAC) Student Presentation Conference this past spring, where 16 students presented upper-level research projects to their peers, professors, and a panel of judges. The conference is a way to recognize students that have done exemplary research above and beyond normal course criteria, said Dr. Paullett Golden, professor of English at LSC-Montgomery and CAC conference coordinator. Students experience the actual practice of presenting in a collegiate conference setting while engaging the audience in a conversation about their research. The students projects covered a range of interests including alternative fuel sources, space exploration, techniques in breast cancer detection, medical imaging, and criminal law. Most presentations stemmed from classroom assignments, and students were nominated for this conference by their professors based on the quality of their research. Kevin Rasco, who graduated from LSC-Montgomery this May with an associates degree in biotechnology, was involved in a group presentation entitled, From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank. He, along with six other students, made a presentation on the various facets of creating biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil.  As the LSC-Montgomery Biodiesel Club became better at creating biodiesel fuel, several students branched off into different aspects of the process for more detailed analysis, explained Rasco, whose research and presentation covered oil properties after conversion. Time permitting, this project could go on for a long time. Overall, there were a total of nine presentationstwo groups and seven individual. The students presenting were: Desiree Adams: Molecular Breast ImagingDana Baker: Criminal Law: Up Close and PersonalCarlos Bolivar: Beyond Spongebob: The Oceans True SpongesJulia Gibson: Bivalves: Pearls of WisdomKathleen Ramirez: Cephalopods: The Oceans Mata HariLyn Schafer: Forensics RadiologyJeremy Wegner: Where Are We and Where Can We Go? Going Further Into the Final FrontierMichelle Coleman and Josh Munnerlyn: Algae: We …

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