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Six Students Showcase Science Research at State Capitol

CONWAY, Ark. (February 7, 2014) – Six Hendrix College students have been invited to participate in STEM Posters at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the state capitol rotunda.

The event allows undergraduate science students to interact with state legislators and their staff.

“We are very excited about this venue because students can share their excitement for science with their elected officials,” said Hendrix biology professor Dr. Ann Willyard, adding that out-of-state students will also be able to share their experiences at Hendrix with local representatives. “Independent research is the ultimate engaged learning experience for students of the sciences, and this opportunity to discuss their own work with non-scientists will be a very powerful experience for each participant.”

Student participants are:

  • Macrina Butler, a senior from Austin, Texas, mentored by Dr. Jennifer Dearolf (biology)
  • Gary DeClerk, a junior from Jacksonville, Ark., mentored by Dr. Chris Camfield (mathematics)
  • Meredith McKinney, a senior from Batesville, Ark., mentored by Dr. Jennifer Dearolf (biology)
  • Rebecca Meredith, a junior from Little Rock, Ark., mentored by Dr. Courtney Hatch (chemistry)
  • Katie Powell, a senior from Conway, Ark., mentored by Dr. Jennifer Dearolf (biology)
  • Claude Shyaka, a sophomore from Rwanda, mentored by Dr. Ann Wright (physics)

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