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Eastern Division Collegiate Meeting
General Information

The Tennessee Academy of Science Eastern Collegiate Division meeting was held on April 21, 2017 on the campus of Pellissippi State Community College with awards as follows:

Oral Presentations

First Place – Evaluation of optimal dye combinations in gel electrophoresis separation for general biology lab courses. Nathan Falconnier*, Lily Turaski*. Tara Walker*. Patricia Zingg, Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Second Place- Suitability of the Tumbling Creek eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) population as a potential source for at-risk hellbender populations. Ridge Sliger* and Michael Freake, Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee.

Third Place- Evaluation of mitochondrial function in PARK2 knock out C. elegans exposed to the pesticide manzate. Samantha Cole*, Rachel Mullins*, Sunny Kennedy*, Ashley Reynolds*, Erin Jennings*, Laura Kelly Vaughan, and Vanessa Fitsanaksis. King University, Bristol, Tennessee.

Poster Presentations

First Place – Measuring the presence of the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in east Tennessee. Erin A. Schrenker*, Ethan A. Carver, Jose M. Barbosa, and Thomas P. Wilson, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Here is a photo of the presenters!



Undergraduate researchers are welcome to give a 12 min Powerpoint presentation in biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, geology, mathematics, physics, bio-engineering or psychology. Please utilize the TAS Fall 2013 abstract submission template. Please indicate the topic/discipline in your email subject line to facilitate the organization of sections. Abstracts that do not follow the template will be returned to sender for correction.

Abstracts: Due by Monday April 4, 2016

Please contact Teresa Fulcher (865-539-7048) for more information.


Tentative Agenda

1:00 - 1:30: Check in and light refreshments - Alexander Building

1:30 - 4:30: Student Presentations - Alexander building

4:30 - 6:00: Awards and casual buffet dinner - Goins Building Dining Hall


Location and Directions

Pellissippi State Community College 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37933.

For directions and a campus map, visit here

Contact Teresa Fulcher (865-539-7048) with any questions or concerns regarding the meeting.