Southern Miss Student Awarded First Place at Research Conference

Southern Miss Student Awarded First Place at Research Conference

The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

Anthony Abshire, a senior Chemistry (ACS Certified Chemistry) major in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi, was awarded first place in the biochemistry/organic oral presentation at the 47th Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference held recently at the University of Alabama.

Abshire gave the oral presentation: "Progress Toward the Synthesis of the Lycopodium Alkaloid Palhinine A." The award included a certificate, backpack and gift card.

Abshire's research was sponsored by an Eagle Scholars Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) award. The Eagle SPUR program is a competitive competition in which undergraduates conduct independent research or creative activity in collaboration with a faculty affiliate.

Eagle SPUR awards include funding to support travel, purchase equipment and supplies, and/or to be used as a stipend. Abshire's faculty mentor was Dr. Matthew Donahue, assistant professor of organic chemistry.

The Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference is an opportunity for students in the region to present their undergraduate research work to other students and faculty members and includes oral and poster presentations. Students network with graduate school recruiters and meet other students and faculty members engaged in chemistry research.

Judging criteria included quality of oral delivery, potential contribution to the field of chemistry, overall experimental design, including the appropriate use of experimental techniques, clarity of the presentation of the experimental data, accuracy and completeness of the data analysis, strengths of the conclusions drawn and student's ability to answer questions correctly and concisely.

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