Katie Hatstat, a sophomore chemistry and neuroscience double major, won an Outstanding Presentation prize at the University of Memphis Chemistry Department′s 34th Undergraduate Research Conference recently. The conference, drawing students from 21 colleges and universities in six states, featured 51 student oral presentations. Among the institutions represented were Millsaps College, Hendix College, and Auburn University, as well as local institutions University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University.
A total of nine Rhodes chemistry, biochemistry & molecular biology, and neuroscience students presented their work at this conference: Gabrielle Bailey, Diana Bigler, Alli Dewar, Chris Grubb, Katie Hatstat, Sarah Malkowski , Lance Myers, Adam Petraglia and Hallie Weems.
The conference also was attended by students Omair Arain, Matt Cannavo, Gene Lamanilao, Mallory Morris, Fei-Lin Scruggs, and Kayla Wilson and the students′ research advisors: Profs. Larryn Peterson, Mauricio Cafiero, Loretta Jackson-Hayes, and Roberto de la Salud Bea.
Hatstat has been working with Prof. Cafiero since her first year at Rhodes and completed some of the work presented as a Rhodes Fellow last summer. She is a co-author on a peer-reviewed publication that came out in 2013. In addition, Hatstat is a Rhodes Diplomat, plays on the women′s soccer team, works as a chemistry peer-tutor, and recently was selected for the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society.
The conference schedule and all presentation titles are available on the conference web site.