Kentucky State University Student Wins Award for Pawpaw Presentation

Ms. Gates after winning award for her pawpaw presentation.

The Kentucky State University Land Grant Program sent a delegation of researchers and their students to the Association of Research Directors 15th Biennial Research Symposium, March 28-April 1 in Atlanta, Ga. Five graduate students in the Aquaculture Program and nine undergraduates mentored in the Community Research Service made presentations in the student competition. Maleka Embry won first place for her presentation, “Agricultural Use of Sewage Sludge and Potential Bioaccumulation of Heavy Metals in Edible Plants” in the Renewable Resources and Environmental Stewardship category (mentored by Dr. George Antonious and his lab) and Emerald Gates won first place for her presentation, “The Influence of Light Level on Annonaceous Acetogenin Activity in Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Stem Tissue” in the Emerging Technologies category (mentored by Dr. Kirk Pomper and his lab). Congratulations to all the scientists and students for their participation.



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