Celebration of Scholarship showcases exceptional student work

Photo courtesy of Derek Swanson.

Alexis Borrelli (left), freshman and biology major, Ian Scholl (right), freshman and biology major, presented

“Isolation and Extraction of Antimicrobial Compounds from Soil Isolates.”


Lewis’ seventh annual Celebration of Scholarship was held Thursday, April 19. Creative works were displayed in the Oremus Fine Arts Center, and poster presentations were displayed in the Arts and Sciences building. A keynote presentation by Kryssi Staikidis, Ed.D. of Northern Illinois University, was also featured. Students from multiple departments spent the last few months working on material to be pre¬sented, along with the help of their mentors. Students were afforded the opportunity to compile research on an area of study they felt was important and then give a presentation on it for all who were interested.


“I feel like it gives students a venue to explore their ideas and offer them a place to build their presentation skills,” said presenter Samuel Baker, a se¬nior chemistry and physics major. “I have done it all four years. I learned the important thing, which is how to have a conversation with somebody about my work.”


The top presenters were an¬nounced Friday, April 27, with Thomas Beckmann taking first place among graduate present¬ers, Dany Danhausen taking first place for math and science presentations and Natalie Palm winning first place in the hu¬manities division.


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