EKU Students Earn Top Rankings for Scientific Research Presentations

Published on January 25, 2023

Three Eastern Kentucky University students ranked among the top scorers for research presentations given at the Kentucky Academy of Science’s 2022 Annual Meeting in November.

More than 700 students and professional scientists from across the state attended the annual meeting, which was held Nov. 10-12, at Morehead State University. Panels of scientists who judged students’ research presentations designated top-tier presentations as “Thoroughbreds.” 

EKU students who earned the “Thoroughbred” designation are:

  • Savanna Ruebsam and Blake Park for a presentation on "The architecture and genetic composition of Magnaporthe Starship transposons."

  • Andruw Stewart for a presentation on "Nutrient and Fecal Microbe Contamination in the Otter Creek Watershed, Madison County, Kentucky."

“This year’s presentations made clear that Kentucky’s next generation of scientists are already making significant contributions to scientific research,” said Amanda Fuller, executive director of the Kentucky Academy of Science. “Giving students opportunities to conduct research and present their findings gives them guidance and encouragement to pursue even greater achievements in the world of science.”

The Kentucky Academy of Science is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1914. Its mission is to catalyze scientific communication and collaboration that will improve research, education and evidence-based public engagement within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

EKU faculty, staff and students may become members of the Kentucky Academy of Science at no cost. For more information, go to www.kyscience.org.