Blinn Students Present Research at World’s Largest Chemistry Conference

By: Blinn Press Release
By: Blinn Press Release

“When a student presents something new he or she has discovered and presents it to peers, that student is forever changed, and so is the world around him,” Bienski said.

Seven students recently represented Blinn College at the world’s largest chemistry conference.

Garret Harmon, Andrew Kinnison, Amy White, Tyler Clark, Cameron Tann, Megan Seewald Damon Robins and Kimberly Morris teamed with professors Dr. Lee Don Bienski, Dr. Beverly Clement and Dr. Chammi Miller from the College’s Division of Science, Engineering and Math to present four unique abstracts at the American Chemical Society’s National Meeting and Exposition in Dallas, which drew an estimated 50,000 visitors March 16-20.

“Students can’t just show up and present what they've been working on,” Clement said. “They had to submit an abstract describing their research and conference officials had to approve their work. It is a rare opportunity for two-year college students to present their work at this conference, and our students earned it.”

The students’ abstracts explore remedies for heavy metal-contaminated water, test commercial supplements for specific toxins and analyze properties of molecules in cooking oil.

“It was a really good experience to see other research and get feedback on ours,” said Harmon, a co-enrolled student at Blinn and Texas A&M University. “The lectures and discussions were phenomenal. The entire conference was an inspiring, unforgettable experience.”

Each student who attended the conference is enrolled in Chemistry 2289: Academic Cooperative, a course designed to integrate on-campus study with practical, hands-on experience. An invitation to the American Chemical Society’s National Meeting is the pinnacle of the course.

“When a student presents something new he or she has discovered and presents it to peers, that student is forever changed, and so is the world around him,” Bienski said.

Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its career and technical certification programs.

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