Celebrating Curiosity at the 2022 IN LSAMP Conference

Over 100 Indiana LSAMP leaders, faculty mentors, staff, alumni, and undergraduate student researchers from across the state gathered at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington for an engaging two day conference to learn, celebrate student research, network, and build community. Cohosted by the Indiana LSAMP Alliance and IU Bloomington LSAMP, the conference featured two keynotes, six concurrent sessions, a resource & recruitment fair, and a competitive undergraduate student poster presentation.

Celebrating Curiosity: LSAMP scholars’ journeys through connection, purpose, & change

2022 Conference theme

Industry leaders, faculty, staff, and LSAMP alumni shared their expertise in engaging sessions focusing on industry internship opportunities, the student experience in STEM, graduate school preparation, resiliency, and inclusive advising for faculty mentors. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from four former Ball State University IN LSAMP scholars as they shared their challenges and successes in navigating the transition from the undergraduate experience to their professional career or graduate opportunity in STEM.

Competitive Student Poster Winners

Thirty seven students from IUPUI, IU Bloomington, IU South Bend, Ball State University, and Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis presented their research during two student poster sessions. Posters were judged by Ball State LSAMP faculty mentors Dr. Mary Konkle, Dr. David Bwambok, and Dr. Sundeep Rayat.

1st place – Albert Gonzalez

Albert is a junior at Ball State University. As a summer 2022 IN LSAMP research scholar, Albert conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Elsayed M. Zahran. Poster Title: Heterostructured Cu20/BiOBr Nanocomposite for Photocatalytic Degradation of Emerging Organic Contaminants (IN LSAMP NSF Grant No. HRD 1618408 & Indiana Academy Senior Research Grant)

2nd place tie – Hiba Majeed & Precious-Gold Akpadija

Hiba is a junior at IU South Bend. As a summer 2022 IN LSAMP Research Scholar, Hiba conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Grace Muna. Poster Title: Investigating the Electroanalytical Performance of Bismuth-Antimony Film on Glassy Carbon Electrode in Detecting Lead and Cadmium (IN LSAMP NSF Grant No. HRD 1618408)

Precious-Gold is a Senior at IU South Bend. In summer 2022, Precious-Gold participated in the IN LSAMP summer research program in Dr. Kasey J. Clear’s lab. Poster Title: Effect of Guanidinium Content on the Anion Binding Capacity of Polyallyamine-Based Polymer Networks (IN LSAMP NSF Grant No. HRD 1618408)

Honorable Mentions

  • Emily Barrera: A junior at IU South Bend, Emily participated in the summer 2021 IN LSAMP research cohort under the mentorship of Dr. Grace Muna. Poster Title: Electroanalytical Performance of Antimony Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode in Detecting Lead and Cadmium (IN LSAMP NSF Grant No. HRD 1618408)
  • Marcus Bailey: Selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021, Marcus is now a senior at IU South Bend conducting research under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Marr. Poster Title: Effects of the understory shrub Lindera benzoin (Spicebush) on maple and beech tree seeding abundance in an Old Growth Indiana Forest (IN LSAMP NSF Grant No. HRD 1618408)

Congratulations to all presenters and our top poster winners for your outstanding work!

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