Two Chemistry Research Students Win Awards at Regional Conference

two college students, one standing next to a chemistry poster and the other in a lab holding an award certificate
Emily Sanders ’20 (left) and Andrea Pajarillo ’18

Eighteen Rhodes College chemistry research students participated in the 50th Annual Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference held at the University of Mississippi February 2-3. The conference featured a keynote address, 37 oral presentations, and 57 poster presentations. Emily Sanders ’20 won an award for Outstanding Poster Presentation, and Andrea Pajarillo ’18 won an award for outstanding Oral Presentation. Sanders works in the lab of Prof. Mauricio Cafiero, and Pajarillo works in the lab of Prof. Larryn Peterson.

This conference brought together chemistry students from Rhodes, University of Mississippi, University of Alabama, University of Southern Mississippi, Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Auburn University, Clemson University, Georgia Tech, to name a few. Among those from Rhodes attending the conference were Colin Welsh ’19  (chemistry), Barry Rich ’18 (chemistry),  Emily Harrison ’18  (chemistry),  Rachel Giampapa ’19 (biochemistry and molecular biology), Audrey Woody ’20, Madison Perchik ’19  (chemistry), Samantha Jelinek ’18  (neuroscience), Carter Embry ’19 (chemistry), Warren Sams ’19 (chemistry),  Sakura, Horiuchi ’19 (chemistry ), Kayla Puzdrakiewicz ’21, Caroline Magee ’19 (chemistry), Rebecca Evans ’19 (chemistry),  Zara Parkinson ’19 (chemistry),  Rebeca Roldan ’19 (chemistry), Grace Kennedy ’18 (history), Elisabet Olsen ’18 (biomathematics), and Brianna Betton ’20.