By: Kim Miller
Each March at the North Carolina Academy of Sciences meeting, undergraduate students from across the state present the results of their scientific research. A panel of scientists judges presentations, Derieux Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research are awarded. Each student who wins a first place award is invited to submit a full manuscript to the NCAS journal.
Six Warren Wilson College students displayed their research findings at the NCAS March 24-26 at Bennett College in Greensboro. The students who presented are Amos Little, Katherine Kennedy, Tessa Branson, Julia York, Amanda Davis and Stacey Hollis. The topics they have researched range from the effects of herbicide on invasive plants to mineral amounts in piglets.
The WWC students presented the results of a semester of experimental research. The Natural Science Seminar, a requiremente for all undergraduates majoring in the sciences, allows students to do hands-on research with a knowledgeable mentor and present their findings to peers, professors, and scientific organizations. The Natural Science Seminars are another way WWC sets itself apart from other four year colleges.
"The NSS experience hs been very helpful in understanding how research is done from start to finish, including designing methods, finding funding, carrying out the project, and analyzing data," says NSS student Amanda Davis.
The Natural Science Seminars are far more than just a means of gaining in depthy knowledge in a specific area of interest. Many WWC students have presented their findings to the North Carolina Academy of Sciences an have received