The Missouri Western science department students have spent the semester creating projects about different theories they were studying. These projects were supposed to be highlighted at a PORTAL showcase last Friday, but unfortunately, the event was canceled due to the concern of a large gathering.
Sarah Powell, a Missouri Western student, was disappointed the showcase was canceled because it would have been the first one she participated in. She created a project called "Isolation of Viral dsDNA in Ponds on Campus".
“Our goal this semester was to try and see if we could successfully extract virus DNA from a freshwater pond on campus, and we were successful in doing this,” Powell said.
Powell mentions her study related to what they were learning about in class, and she has spent several months investigating her topic.
“We have been working on this project since the first week of September. In class and lab, we learned all about research and the proper techniques on how to conduct research. But, doing this pond project I have been able to use the things I was learning about in the classroom on an actual research project,” Powell said.
Besides using what she was learning in the classroom, Powell mentions her favorite part was that the project was hands-on.
“Our professor helped us and provided direction, and me and three other students were actually getting to do the work of collecting our samples, filtering, preparing and processing our results,” Powell said.
Konner Klarkin is also a student in the science department. His project involved collecting the geospatial data on campus ponds.
“We collected GPS perimeters of some ponds, placed depth gauges and created methods for land use and land cover surveys,” Klarkin said. “The purpose was to set the foundation for the pond biodiversity project that started this semester.”
While Klarkin started this project this semester, he plans on continuing to work on it for additional semesters to come.
“My project was inspired by the benefits of collecting geographic data. This will allow us to create comparisons between other aspects of the pond biodiversity project," Klarkin said. "This project is related to several biological and ecological concepts I have learned in classes and labs. My favorite part about this project was the weekly meetings and seeing how other students' and professors' research applies to the overall pond biodiversity project.”
Posters that would have been displayed in the event will be displayed in the Remington Atrium and on the Gold Friday’s PORTAL webpage.can