Student research projects spotlighted during Research Week
Kesha Williams April 28, 2014
ECSU faculty and staff led students through a wide range of projects during Research
Week, April 13 - 17. Students from various fields of study made oral presentations
and presented their research posters to the public in Williams Hall. Students in the
natural sciences assisted faculty to conduct biology, chemistry and physics experiments
for Camden Middle School youths.
Justin Midgett was one of the 40 students who made poster presentations during research
Week in Williams Hall Gymnasium. Midgett's poster reflected research he and two other
students, Shevon Valenski and Ryan Wilmot, conducted in a microbiology laboratory
under the supervision of Dr. Roberto Frontera-Suau, an associate professor in the
Department of Natural Sciences. The students explored an environmental clean-up process,
bioremediation, conducted on local soil samples. After two semesters, they determined
bacteria naturally present in those soil samples were be able to help clean up the
environment. This cleanup would have been possible in the event of a small, spilled
amount of fossil fuel.
Dr. Frontera-Suau said research completed by ECSU undergraduates prepares them to
continue in their scientific careers and helps them better understand how to harness
these powerful bacteria.