May 8, 2012

FVCC Scholars Conference on Student Research Winners Announced

Over 150 students from Flathead Valley Community College presented their research projects to the community May 4 during the college’s third annual Scholars Conference on Student Research.

Twenty-one oral presentations were delivered and nearly 100 research posters were showcased during the event.  Project topics ranged widely in such categories as ecology, political science, business, psychology, international travel, history, religion, chemistry, biology, environmental science, economics, anthropology, and biotechnology, among others.

Oral presentation winners and their research topics included:

First Place:  Tamara Gilham – Theocracy: The U.S. and Saudi Arabia;

Second Place:  Seth Donohue – The Effects of Killing on Soldiers; and

Third Place (three-way tie):  Jessica Wambeke, Patrick Ingham, and Cassia Wagner – Optimizing Zinc Air Battery Chemistry; Quinn Carvalho and Clayton Hamilton – A New Method for Heating Organic Reaction Mixtures; and Drew Lohrberg – Theocratic Suppression of Music.

Poster winners and their research topics included:

First Place:  Kyle Selhost – Preventing the Invasion of Mussels in Montana;

Second Place:  Justin Vetch, Jeff Walter, and Paige Maskill – Biotechology: Fishing for Genes;

Third Place:  Breezy McKissick – Narcissistic Personality Disorder; and

Honorable Mention:  Michele Fauth and Jennifer Quien – Osterporosis and the Effects of Soda on BMD; and Rachel Hicks, Krista Andrews, Angela Nyberg, and Stacy Pugh – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease.

For more information, contact Ivan Lorentzen, director, The Scholars Program at FVCC, at 756-3864 or at