CONWAY, Ark. (November 6, 2013) – Four Hendrix science students
presented the results of their undergraduate research to campus, state, and
With financial support from an Arkansas Department of
Higher Education Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship and from the Hendrix
Odyssey program, four students were able to conduct full-time summer research in
the laboratory of Hendrix biology professor Dr. Ann Willyard.
They concluded their research projects by presenting
results at two conventions and one on-campus event.
First, the students attended the Central Arkansas Undergraduate
Research Symposium at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little
Rock, Ark., this summer. This fall, they attended the national Botany
conference in New Orleans, La.
The student researchers:
- Adam Bigott, a
senior from Naperville, Ill.
- Dalton Hoose, a
junior from Parsons, Kan.
- Joshua Smith, a
senior from Conway, Ark.
- Austin Wofford, a
junior from Alma, Ark.
At both venues, Bigott gave an oral presentation. Hoose, Smith,
and Wofford presented posters. Hoose was an invited speaker at the September meeting
of the Hendrix Biological Society.
“Summer research is an incredibly valuable experience for
undergraduate students” said Willyard. “It gives them a chance to focus
exclusively on their research project. Each of these four students used this
time to great advantage, making a substantial contribution to science.
Presenting their research, first to regional scientists, then to national
scientists, allowed them to experience the joy of sharing their findings with
interested and supportive scientists who recognize them as true colleagues.”
“The Botany conference was a great exposure to the exciting
research going on around the world and being an active part of this experience
was very eye-opening” said Wofford.
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in
engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year,
Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by
U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the latest
edition of Colleges That Change
Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The
Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and
the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United
Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.