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Bemidji State students win judge's choice award at research symposium

More than 70 undergraduate students presented their scientific findings at the 34th Annual Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, April 23, at Hamline University.

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ST. PAUL — More than 70 undergraduate students presented their scientific findings at the 34th Annual Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, April 23, at Hamline University.

The symposium included oral presentations, poster sessions, panels with local science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals, and a keynote lecture by 3M scientist Dr. John Banovetz on sustainability in industry.

In addition to gaining important experience in communicating their scientific research, participants also made valuable connections to their peers in the scientific community through the symposium’s networking opportunities, a release said.

The symposium culminated in an awards ceremony, during which Bemidji State students Benjamin LeBeau and Hunter Backholm received a judge’s choice award. They presented their project on the synthesis and characterization of a fluorescent probe for the detection of hydrogen sulfide.

BSU Chemistry Professor Katie Peterson advised LeBeau and Backholm on their project.

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The STEM research symposium was chaired by Irina Makarevitch of Hamline University and organized by the Minnesota Academy of Science with support from numerous regional colleges.

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