October 4, 2023

Summer Science Symposium Honors Student & Faculty Research

Werner Wieland (left) and Yoshi Takeda

On Wednesday, July 25, Jepson Hall was home to more than 20 posters and presentations on topics ranging from acid mine drainage to zebrafish as part of the 2012 Summer Science Symposium. UMW’s Summer Science Institute, a 10-week undergraduate research program, started in 1999.

At the symposium’s awards ceremony, Yoshi Takeda won first place for his oral presentation “Turtles in the Fredericksburg Canal: Identifying and Estimating Populations Sizes,” under the direction of Professor Werner Wieland. Robert Higgins won second place for his oral presentation “Pegylation of Guanyl Pyrazole to Provide a Guanidinylation Reagent,” under the

Janet Asper (left) and Robert Higgins

direction of Professor Janet Asper.

In the poster category, Robert Clark won first place for his project “Spatial and Isotopic Analysis of Soil Erosion and Sediment Fluxes in Three Rappahannock River Tributaries, Stafford County, Virginia,” under the direction of Professor Ben Kisila. Sarah Marzec won second place in the poster category for her project “Phylogenetic Classification of Nematodes,” under the direction of Professor Theresa Grana.


Robert Clark

The symposium program lists abstracts of all 22 presentations and posters.

Theresa Grana (left) and Sarah Marzec

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.