Wayland Student wins award for Poster Presentation

LUBBOCK – Wayland Baptist University senior Leah Quisenberry of Post won the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Poster at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

According to Dr. Joel Boyd, assistant professor of chemistry at WBU, Quiesenberry’s award was based on her experimental design, the quality of her results, the clarity and aesthetics of her poster and the professionalism of her presentation. The posters are presented during two-hour sessions in which 30 different students share about their research work. Luke Loetscher, a WBU senior from Cheyenne, Wyo., was a secondary author on Quisenberry’s poster but did not present with her.

Quisenberry’s poster dealt with a research project she completed recently as part of Wayland’s summer research program, dealing primarily with the process of using light to kill bacteria in water. Specifically, she used trial and error methods to determine which metals improve the reaction time of the purification process when used with titanium dioxide. She used silver, platinum, palladium, zinc and others.

In total, four students from Wayland presented posters at the meeting, including Loetscher, senior Stephanie Skiles of Nemo and senior Lori Pretzer of Glendale, Ariz. Pretzer and Skiles’ posters focused on research involving removing nitrogen compounds from water using various reactors and titanium dioxide. Loetscher’s work involved constructing a portable water treatment reactor using LED devices to purify water using light.

Boyd said the meeting was fruitful for students and he was pleased with the students’ showing among their peers.

“They did a great job of communicating their research to a broad chemistry community. It was wonderful to have this ACS regional meeting held on the South Plains. The opportunity to present their research in this way is very valuable for the students and our chemistry program at Wayland,” he said.

“The outstanding poster award earned by Leah Quisenberry truly indicates the quality of the work done by our undergraduate researchers in chemistry at Wayland. Their hard work and ability is what makes our research program successful. The skills that they learn from the entire research process – from the library, to the laboratory, to the public presentation – are what make undergraduate research so truly valuable to the student and to the educational program of the chemistry department.”