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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 12, 2009

Northwest students honored for science presentations

Several Northwest students recently received awards for research presentations and posters at the annual Missouri Academy of Science meeting held this spring on the Northwest campus.

Competition winners enrolled at the University at the time of the event were:


  • Matt McCune, a senior physics major from Maryville. McCune won first prize for a paper submitted in the collegiate physics and engineering category.


  • Matt Aldieri, a senior geology major from Omaha, Neb., who received first prize for "Petrology of the Non-felsic Rocks Associated with the Silvermines (MO) Granite." Aldieri was assisted by Aaron Johnson, assistant professor of geosciences.


  • Ashley Leger, a senior geology major from Omaha, Neb., placed second for "Comparative Analyses of Cranial Measurements with Dental Ages of the Columbian Mammoth (Mammuthus Columbi) from the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota." Assisting Leger was John Pope, assistant professor of geosciences.


  • Jon Bennett, a senior environmental geology major from McHenry, Ill., received third place for "Comparison of Archean Gneisses in Northern Wisconsin Along the Southern Margin of the Superior Craton." Bennett was assisted by Dr. Renee Rohs, associate professor of geosciences.

In addition to presentations, exhibits and posters by middle school, high school, and college students, the conference also included keynote speeches two Iowa State University physicists, Dr. Sivasankar Sanjeevi and Dr. Marzia Rosati. Denise Henggeler of the Northeast Nodaway School District showed conference participants a video of an International Space Station uplink broadcast live from orbit at Northwest earlier this year.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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