Nicholls students excel in annual competition

Official judging for the sixth annual Nicholls State University Research Week Student Poster Competition took place on Tuesday, March 29. Thirteen judges evaluated 23 undergraduate submissions and seven graduate submissions. 

Students from biological sciences, chemistry, culinary arts, dietetics-nursing and psychology participated in the undergraduate category. The top undergraduate submissions included “Prevalence and Detection of Inducible Clindamycin Resistance of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Isolates in a South Louisiana Population,” by first-place winner Shannan Washington, from the Department of  Biological Sciences; “Investigation of the Presence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from Meat Products of Retail Stores in Thibodaux, LA.,” by second-place winner Sumana Kalyanasundaram, also from the Department of Biological Sciences; and “Parents Using Incremental Rehearsal to Teach Sight Words to Kindergarten Students at Home,” by third-place winner Abbie Burt, from the Department of Psychology and Counselor Education.

The top graduate submissions included “Monitoring the Diets of Predatory Fish in a Port Sulphur Drainage Canal,” by first-place winner Rachel Lanni; “Designing Molecular Biomarkers for Monitoring of Reproductive Health in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary,” by second-place winner Jenny Ledet; and “Bactericidal Activity of Spotted Gar (Lepisosteus oculatus) Immune System,” by third-place winner Justin J. Merrifield. The winning graduate submissions were all from the Department of Biological Sciences. Pictured are contestants and judges in the Bollinger Memorial Student Union.

For complete Research Week details, including faculty presentations and guest lectures, see the Research Week brochure.

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