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Spring forum awards bioengineers, recognizes four other faculty

From left to right: Andrew Allee, Morgan Spratt and Anna Rudy hold their awards.

From left are Andrew Allee, a senior in biochemistry, Morgan Spratt and Anna Rudy, both seniors in bioengineering. Allee and Rudy received honorable mentions for their posters and Spratt won the Physical Sciences and Engineering category at the forum’s poster competition.

The University of Missouri College of Engineering was well represented at the Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum April 22. Of the nearly 400 presenters, approximately 145 were engineering students or biological science students working in an engineering faculty member’s lab.

Heather Hunt holds a plaque with her award engraved on the front.

Bioengineering Department Assistant Professor Heather K. Hunt hold her Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award after the student and mentor recognition ceremony for the Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research and Create Achievements Forum.

Five Mizzou Engineering faculty members were nominated for the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award: Baolin Deng, Heather Hunt, Enos Inniss, Scott Kovaleski and Sarah Orton. Hunt, an assistant professor of bioengineering, received the award, along with Nicole Campione-Barr, a faculty member from psychological sciences.

There were two honorable mentions and a winner in the Physical Sciences and Engineering category for the poster competition. Morgan Spratt, a senior bioengineering major that works in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Professor Satish Nair‘s lab won the category with her poster examining cell characteristics of crab heart muscles and cardiac mechanisms.

Andrew Allee, a junior biochemistry major working in Bioengineering Professor William Jacoby‘s lab, and Anna Rudy, a senior bioengineering major in Hunt’s lab, received honorable mentions. Allee’s poster looked at biomass as an energy source, and Rudy’s poster investigated the optical properties of mesoporous silica.