Listen to students as they talk about their experiences at the See Blue STEM Camp, which was held June 11-15 at the College of Education building on the University of Kentucky’s campus. Students learned about the STEM disciplines by taking classes in neurobiology, astronomy, mathematics, engineering and LEGO robotics.
Charles Coomer, a junior in the Honors College at WKU, has been involved in microbiological research for two years. In the lab of Dr. Rodney King, associate professor of biology, Coomer is characterizing viruses that infect bacterial cells so that they can be sorted into different clusters. Before beginning his research, he was enrolled the Genome Discovery and Exploration Course at WKU, a part of the National Genomics Research Initiative, where he first worked with Dr. King.
Michael Crocker is in his fourth semester of research at WKU through his participation in the Gatton Academy. In the labs of Dr. Jeremy Maddox, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Lester Pesterfield, professor of chemistry, Crocker is working with microscopic silica gels to create a more effective, inexpensive and thorough way to treat industrial waste.
Lukas Missik, a second-year student in the Gatton Academy from Danville, received a 2012 Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention. Missik, the son of Christine and John Missik, is in the second year of his current research project. He spends much of his time working with Dr. Dominic Lanphier, associate professor of mathematics. Missik’s research focuses on finding the probability of winning a round-based duel.
Western Kentucky University junior Clarice Esch, an agriculture major from Somerset, received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship to continue original agriculture research. Esch, the daughter of Joe and Carol Esch, graduated from the Gatton Academy in 2011. A previous recipient of the Greater Research Opportunity Fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency, she is conducting research to find alternative fertilizers to reduce the pollution associated with nitrogen-based products.