CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Prairie State College competitors brought home first place awards in both the mathematics and life sciences categories during the spring STEM Skyway competition at Oakton Community College. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Timothy Colin Dannels, of Park Forest; Nandjui-Yannick R. Koutouan, of Chicago, and Reginald Thompson, of Crete, were recognized for their project, "Lovie Smith, NFL Coaches, and Separating Hyperplanes.” PSC also took first place in the Life Sciences category for "Microarray comparisons of Male and Female Brains" by Vikki Jones, of Flossmoor.
Eight groups with a total of 16 students representing PSC presented research projects in biology, earth science, and math. The PSC competitors were among approximately 100 students from six schools participating in 37 projects. The contest highlights community college students' original scientific research in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics related field.
Other projects from PSC students included "Effects of Restoration Efforts on Migration of Mount Baldy, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore," by Austin Nnawuchi, of Park Forest, Octavia Windom, of Crete, and Kyle Delnegro, of Lowell; "Presence of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Everyday Objects," by Bradley Powers, of Homewood; "Human Impact on Near-Shore Dunes at West Beach, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore," by Calvin Yednak, of Steger, Hillary Schmidt, of Monee, and Kyle Travis, of Park Forest; "A Look at Some Cycles Generated by Newton's Method," by Kevin Kuipers, of Dyer; "How Many Bacteria are in Public Restrooms at PSC?" by Raven Scott, of Country Club Hills, and Tehja Martin, of Chicago Heights; and "Genetic Analysis of Flu Virus to Identify the Most Frequently Mutated Residues," by Tierra Crawford, of Matteson, and Christopher White, of Country Club Hills. Supervising faculty members were Professor Lee Anne Burrough for earth science, Professor Steve Kifowit for mathematics, and Professor Erica Lannan for biology.