Students Earn Research Awards at TAS

April 4, 2018

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Kyle Rickman gives his presentation for which he won the award for best oral presentation for mathematics at the Texas Academy of Sciences meeting.

The Wayland Baptist University School of Mathematics and Sciences took 14 students to a recent Texas Academy of Sciences meeting hosted by Midland College. Wayland students were among the more than 250 student researchers from across the state who presented research and posters.

Joshua Reinhart won Best Poster in the geosciences section. His poster was entitled “Analyzing LiDAR Slope Data to Create Geologic Maps” and his research was directed by Dr. Tim Walsh. Reinhart has also been accepted to the geosciences program in geographic information systems at Texas Tech, including a paid teaching assistant position.

Kyle Rickman won the Best Oral Presentation in Mathematics as well as the Amir Moez Award for Excelling in Mathematics. The Moez Award included a $300 cash prize. Rickman’s talk was entitled “Determining Solvability of Entanglements by Connect Loop Orientations.” His research was directed by Dr. Charles Nelms.

Other students presenting at the meeting included Joshua Wynn, Sara van der leek, Krista Epley, Makayla Nicholson, Alana Quackenbush, Gracie Sebastaio, Leagh Ann DeMerritt, and recent graduate Chelsea Beaubouef.

For more information on student research, contact the School of Mathematics and Sciences at 806-291-1115 or click on the academics link at