Bereans earn honors from KY Academy of Science


During the Kentucky Academy of Science’s 99th annual meeting, Berea College faculty and students earned 17 awards, including eight first-place awards, tying Northern Kentucky University for the most first-place awards in Kentucky.

Since 1913 the Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting has provided a venue for Kentucky’s scientists and student scientist to publicly present their research before more than 800 attendees.

Dr. Megan Hoffman, professor of biology, received the academy’s honor as the 2013 Outstanding College/University Teacher award. For more than 20 years, Hoffman has taught introductory and upper-level biology and general education courses. She has been active in campus governance and served for four years as the as director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, Communication and Research.

In cellular and molecular biology, Berea students earned the top three awards and in physics and astronomy Berea students earned the top two awards.

The following 16 students all received recognition for placing in the top three in a category.

Undergraduate Oral Presentations:
Cellular and Molecular Biology First Place Taylor Rutherford
Cellular and Molecular Biology Second Place Shanequa Roscoe
Cellular and Molecular Biology Third Place Franceska Mehmeti
Chemistry: Analytical/Physical Second Place Pyae Phyo
Chemistry: Organic/Inorganic Third Place Michael McCann
Ecology and Environmental Science First Place Leif VanLaar
Physics and Astronomy First Place Danielle Schaper
Physics and Astronomy Second Place Kyle Godbey
Psychology First Place Priyanka Shrestha

Undergraduate Poster Presentations:
Agricultural Sciences First Place Caitlin Thomas
Cellular and Molecular Biology First Place William Assan
Engineering First Place Denzell Barnett
Health Sciences Third Place Amber Boothe
Physics and Astronomy Second Place Preston Tucker
Psychology Third Place Rachele Johnson
Science Education First Place Joshua Wedding

The Kentucky Academy of Science is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science in our Commonwealth. The Academy encourages scientific research, promotes the diffusion of scientific knowledge, and unifies the scientific interests of the Commonwealth.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.