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Four Southeastern students participate in Science Symposium

Left to right are Dr. Brad Ludrick, Matt Maxwell, Allison Joines, Peyton Joines and Patrick Sharp.

Left to right are Dr. Brad Ludrick, Matt Maxwell, Allison Joines, Peyton Joines and Patrick Sharp.

DURANT, Okla. – Two Southeastern students were poster/presenters at the 22nd annual Research Symposium, Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) at Oklahoma State University’s Noble Research Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Symposium highlights research conducted by OK-LSAMP scholars. Dr. Robin Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, State University of New York, was the keynote speaker.

Southeastern poster/presenters were Allison Joines (senior biology major from Caddo) and Matt Maxwell (junior chemistry major from Durant). Other participating students from Southeastern were Peyton Joines (senior biologymajor from Caddo) and Patrick Sharp (junior medical sciences major from Tulsa).

Southeastern’s Dr. Brad Ludrick, Associate Professor of Biology and OK-LSAMP Coordinator, accompanied the group.

Southeastern student earns state recognition for poster entry

Matt Maxwell’s entry earned third place honors at the symposium.

Matt Maxwell’s entry earned third place honors at the symposium.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University sophomore Matt Maxwell’s poster presentation at the recent Oklahoma-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP’s) 21st annual Research Symposium earned a third place award.  The competition included students from all over the state, including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Tulsa University.

The title of Maxwell’s entry was Effect of Enzyme Loading on Extrusion & Alkali Extrusion Pretreated Sweep Sorghum Bagasse.

Maxwell’s research was conducted last summer during an internship that

focused on renewable energy in the form of biofuels. The internship was at

Oklahoma State University and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

He is a  biology/chemistry major from Durant and a  student of Dr. Brad Ludrick, Associate Professor of Biology, Science Education Advisor and OK-LSAMP Coordinator at Southeastern. Maxwell has also been selected to represent OK-LSAMP and Southeastern at the National Conference for Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science in Washington, D.C., in late October, with travel funded by NSF.

“Matt is a hard worker and an excellent student,’’ Ludrick said. “He is a great example of the high quality of students we have at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.”