WBU students recognized for math and science presentations

PLAINVIEW -- Last weekend, three students from the School of Mathematics and Sciences at Wayland Baptist University were awarded for their presentations at the Texas Academy of Science meeting in Junction.

Lauryn Bruggink, a senior from Oak Creek, Colo., won second place Overall Undergraduate Research Presentation and the Terrestrial Ecology Section Award for the best presentation in that section. Bruggink’s presentation was entitled “Winter Habitat Use of Longspurs (Calcarius spp.) and Other Winter Grassland Birds in hale and Floyd County, Texas.” Buggink’s presentation was co-authored by Dr. Andrew Kasner and Dr. William Hahn.

Jake Brozek, a senior from Bovina, and Mayra Herrera-Gonzales, a junior from Plainview, won the best presentation award in the Neuroscience Section for their work entitled, “Salt Addiction is Mediated by Encephalic Vasopressin.” Their study was co-authored by Janlyn Jerome, Chanda Smith, Whitney Phillips, Sharon Robinson and Dr. Daniela Pereira-Derderian.

More than 100 presentation were given by various undergraduate research students from across the state. Also presenting for Wayland were Cat Wiechmann, Tori Solis, Sarah Kelly, Mason Taylor and recent WBU graduate Garrett Williamson.