Science Students Place First at Tech Symposium


Wayland students participate at Tech Symposium
Wayland students Mayra Herrera (from left), Josiah Morales, Jake Brozek, Sara Van Der Leek, and Tori Solis participated in the Texas Tech Association of Biological Scientists Annual Symposium at Texas Tech University.

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University continues to rack up academic accolades, this time besting some of the competition at the Texas Tech Association of Biological Scientists Annual Symposium at Texas Tech University.

Tori Solis and Jake Brozek tied for first place in the undergraduate category for oral presentations of their scientific research. Brozek’s presentation, entitled “Cytotoxic and Apoptotic Effects of Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus Obliquus) on Cultured 4T1 Murine Breast Cancer Cells,” focused on the research he conducted under faculty advisors Dr. Adam Reinhart and Dr. Gary Gray.

Solis presented the findings of her research with faculty advisor Dr. Andrew Kasner. Her presentation was entitled, “Using VHF Radio Telemetry to Determine Home Range and Habitat use of Ladder-Backed Woodpeckers (Picoides  Scalaris) in the Texas Panhandle.”

Researchers from Texas Tech and other regional institutions competed in the symposium.

The strong showing at the Tech Symposium came on the heels of WBU success at the Texas Academy of Sciences meeting at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Two students presented posters and three gave oral presentations.

Sara Van De Leek, a junior biology major, won best poster in the Terrestrial Ecology Section and won the overall Student Research Grant. Solis won best presentation in the Terrestrial Ecology Section. Joshua Wynn, a freshman geology major, won best poster in the Geosciences Section.

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