Nicholls students bring home top state science awards

THIBODAUX – Three Nicholls State University students won first prize in various oral-presentation categories at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, held Saturday, March 3, in Alexandria. The students, who conduct research under the supervision of Dr. Ramaraj Boopathy, distinguished service professor of biological sciences, each received certificates for excellence and $100 cash.

Derek Adams, a first-year Master of Science student from New Orleans, won first place in the graduate microbiology research category with his paper, “Use of Formic Acid to Control Vibriosis in Shrimp.” David Samaha, a biology junior from Houma, topped the undergraduate environmental science research category with “Fuel Grade Ethanol Production from Eastern Gamagrass.” Bijeta Prasai, a senior chemistry major and biology minor from Nepal, won the undergraduate microbiology research category with “Use of White Rot and Brown Rot Fungi in Lignin Removal from Sugarcane Residue for Bio-ethanol Production.”

“These students represent not only the best from the Nicholls Department of Biological Sciences, but also the best from the state of Louisiana,” Boopathy said. “I am very proud of them, and I am honored to have mentored them in their efforts.”

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