SHERIDAN — Three Sheridan College students recently presented their undergraduate research to Wyoming’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., at “Posters on the Hill.”
Duane McMurtry, Joe Graves and Deo Lachman have been researching the venom of the eastern cottonmouth snake. They are looking at the various aspects of a venom protein and its potential for anticoagulant and antimicrobial medical applications.
The research is being done through the chemistry class of Dr. Rob Milne. After a combination of looking at other research and also independent testing, students compiled and revised their materials to make them more accessible to a broader audience. They created a large poster summarizing their work and findings.
“We are happy for an experience like this that keeps us competitive with four-year universities and thanks to funding from INBRE [IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence] and Sheridan College faculty like Dr. Milne,” Lachman said in a press release.
Just 60 students, out of 800 who applied, were invited to Washington, D.C., to participate in the event, which was sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research. McMurtry, Graves and Lachman traveled to D.C. with Milne for the presentation and afterward visited Laramie for the University of Wyoming’s Undergraduate Research Day.
Other SC students presenting at UW’s Undergraduate Research Day included:
• Ashley Stimson who presented on “Veterinarian Recommendations — Vaccinating for Clostridial Diseases.”
• Courtney Dixon, who covered “Clostridial Diseases in Cattle.”
• Kenny Markley, who presented on “Reversible Electrochemical Behavior of Transition Metal Compounds.”
• Heather Kenyon, who researched “Advanced Oxidation of Produced Water.”
“All of these students were excellent representatives of NWCCD at an event largely populated by juniors and seniors from the University,” said Milne, SC Science Area Coordinator.