Nicholls biology students bring home awards from state science conference

THIBODAUX, La. — Three Nicholls biology students were recognized for their research last Saturday during the 92nd annual Louisiana Academy of Sciences meeting in Alexandria.

Sixteen Nicholls students and faculty attended the day-long meeting held on the campus of LSU-Alexandria.

Megan Boudreaux received the Outstanding Undergraduate Oral Presentation award in the Sciences and Humanities Division for her research on medical forensics.

Kyle Bird, a graduate marine and environmental biology student, received the Outstanding Graduate Poster Presentation award in the Environmental Sciences Section for his research on water quality, bacteria and antibiotic resistance in Bayou Lafourche.

Alexis Risner, a graduate marine and environmental biology student, received the Outstanding Graduate Oral Presentation award in the Zoology Section for research into Bowfin diets and reproductive activity in the Upper Barataria Estuary and Atchafalaya River Basin.

“We’re very proud of our students. They have once again shown that students from Nicholls can put their research up against students from bigger universities and be successful,” said Dr. Quenton Fontenot, department head of Biological Sciences. “It also shows that they’re developing great communication skills, which will help them get jobs when they graduate. You can do all the science in the world, but if you can’t effectively communicate to the public, then it loses some impact.”

The Louisiana Academy of Sciences was established in 1927 and is the state’s premier organization for scientists, university science faculty and university science students.


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