2021 Symposium Recognizes Student Perseverance and Achievements
Pictured (left to right) are Rhiannon Von Klar, Leo Xu, Sophie Covert, Ethan Thomas, and Peyson Pearce

The Fifth Annual Science and Engineering Symposium recognized the perseverance and achievements of the students engaging in science and engineering at Baylor. 

“In a typical year, Baylor opens the Weeks science building to the public to showcase college-level work by students enrolled in Baylor’s advanced scientific research program,” explained science department chair Elizabeth Burnette '99. “This year has presented a new set of challenges, and students have found creative ways to continue their research both in the classroom and from off campus. We were excited to share their work with the public through this virtual forum.” 

Supported by the $15 million Weeks Science Endowment, the Baylor Research program provides an opportunity for students to work along-side trained research scientists and to pursue real-world research in either engineering, environmental science, or molecular biology.   After successfully completing their coursework and presenting their college-level work in local, regional, or national venues, students graduate with the special designation of a Research Scholar.  The program has enabled the school to attract talented and highly-trained faculty, to purchase advanced lab and engineering equipment, and both to educate students through techniques widely used in professional labs and offices and to equip them for genuine research of their own. 

“In an especially challenging year, we are so proud of these students’ resilience, commitment, and accomplishment,” added Mary Loveless, lead scientist for the engineering portion of Baylor Research and the director of Baylor Research.  “We look forward to celebrating their achievements.”

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Baylor Research Students Honored

Senior Rhiannon Von Klar took overall first place for presentation and project titled, "3D Printing Microfluidic Devices" at the Fifth Annual Science and Engineering Symposium. The overall runner-up was sophomore Michael Xing for his research in "Variable Geometry Suspension with Active Toe Control." Best presentation went to sophomore Kaan Volkan for "Porous Media Air Bearing for Cube Satellite Attitude Testing," and to junior Maddie Kim for "What are COVID-19 Variants and How do they Affect Us?" Seniors Peyson Pearce and Ethan Thomas won first place in the high school division at the UTC Tech Symposium for their work in "Concussion Therapy with Virtual Reality." The Baylor Robotics team, the Ohm Raiders, honored Sophie Covert and Leo Xu with MVP awards.


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