Three Students Recognized with Awards at Annual IINSPIRE LSAMP conference

March 08, 2017

A group of Grinnellians attended the 2016-17 annual conference hosted by IINSPIRE LSAMP on February 3-4, 2017, at Iowa State University. The theme of the conference was "Cultivating STEM Identity for Student Success." Grinnellians led conference sessions and presented research during the student poster session. Three participants came away with awards. 

Alfredo Colina '18 was recognized with the People's Choice Award for his research poster, "Bacterial characterization of a hog confinement located in Poweshiek County and a potential source of antibiotic resistance bacteria discovered." Colina is a biology major whose research was mentored by Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, associate professor of biology. 

Glorianne Dorce '17 was awarded second place for best research poster. Her research into "Detecting concentrations of steroidal hormones in water samples through optimized SPE/UHPLC/MS method" was mentored by Andrew Graham, assistant professor of chemistry, and Elaine Marzluff, professor of chemistry. Dorce is a chemistry major.

Queenster Nartey '16 was recognized with the Outstanding Alumni Award. Nartey moderated a discussion panel during the conference on student STEM identity. She graduated from Grinnell College with a major in biological chemistry and is currently an ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Also participating from Grinnell College were Chad Harper '18, a physics/mathematics major, and Cora Touchstone '19 with a session on "Leveraging an undergraduate job into social, personal, and academic success." Dack Professor of Chemistry Jim Swartz gave a presentation to faculty and administrators on "Building capacity on your campus." 

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