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PSC Students Get High Marks at 2018 Skyway STEM Competition

PSC Students Get High Marks at 2018 Skyway STEM Competition [05/31/2018]

Three Prairie State College (PSC) students brought home awards from the Skyway STEM Poster Competition recently hosted by Lake County Community College.

PSC student Tylar Swanson of Beecher was named the first place winner in the Environmental Biology Division for his presentation, “Water Particle Size Influence on Plant Grow in Alternative Growing Systems.” He was advised by PSC Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Angela Hung.

PSC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Medhat Shaibat’s students James Zumhagen of Monee and Suzanna Lemmon of Homewood presented "Synthesis, Characterization, and Antimicrobial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles with Amino Acids, Protein and Glucose." Their presentation earned them a second place award in the Physical Science Division.

PSC students also competing were Cahron Cross of Homewood, Jared Morton of Glenwood and Jorge Sanchez of Chicago Heights, who presented "Jointly Ranked Prime-Reciprocal Sums and Natural Logarithms,” under the guidance of PSC Professor of Mathematics Dr. Steve Kifowit. Early College Initiative students Victoria Ogunniyi and Idia Ogbomoh of Country Club Hills presented "Quantification and Qualification of Probiotic Bacteria in Kefir Yogurt." They were advised by PSC Professor of Biology Dr. Erica Lannan.

PSC students have consistently received top honors during the STEM competition each year. Since 2013, PSC students have brought home six first place awards, five second place awards and one third place award.

The Skyway STEM Competition is an annual poster contest designed for students in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference. To qualify for competition, posters must be in a science, technology, engineering or math related discipline. Projects were evaluated on the student’s ability to use the process of science, as well as rational and logical thinking to answer a question related to a STEM discipline. Seven schools, including PSC, participated in this year’s competition.

 “I am very pleased with the success of our students in this year’s competition,” said Hung. “They all did an excellent job on their research and learned a lot from their experiences.”