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Student Wins at Science Academy

Donald White, a Louisiana State University Eunice sophomore respiratory care student, received an award for best undergraduate poster presentation in Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science category at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences. White won a certificate and a cash award for his poster titled "NAPL binders: swelling properties of natural materials."

White presented preliminary results of a research project that focused on materials for removal and containment of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) contaminants from water after a chemical spill. His work was done under the direction of Dr. Chad Huval.

White had participated in LSU Eunice's Undergraduate Research Summer Initiate (URSI). He presented the poster and his findings at the university's URSI Symposium earlier this year. LSU Eunice is the only two-year universities in the state with undergraduate research opportunities for students.

"I am very proud of Donald, Adam, Morgan, and Thomas," said Huval. "In addition to their required course loads, these second year undergraduate students did fine research; and then, they each organized their results into interesting stories and presented these to scientists of all levels and interests at this year's Louisiana Academy of Sciences annual meeting."

Also representing LSU Eunice in the poster contest at the annual meeting were Adam Hebert, "Treasure from a trash tree: biofuel from the common chicken tree"; Morgan Richard, "Preparation and evaluation of modified iron for improved contaminant remediation"; and Thomas Bergeaux, "Correlation of chemical structure, stability and boiling point of C3-C10 isomeric alkanes, monoalkenes, and monoalcohols."

The 88th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Science was held on March 8, at Louisiana State University Alexandria. The conference was open to scientists from Louisiana's public and private Colleges and Universities to present results of their research. As part of the activities, graduate and undergraduate students competed with their oral or poster presentation and three awards were given in each category.

March 19, 2014