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Katies participate in Private College Scholars at the Capitol

Scholars from private colleges and universities, including St. Catherine University, participate in a poster session at the Minnesota Capitol on Feb. 22.
Scholars from private colleges and universities, including St. Catherine University, participate in a poster session at the Minnesota Capitol on Feb. 22.
Photo by Melissa Kaelin.

Two St. Kate’s undergraduate students presented research during the Private College Scholars at the Capitol event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Shannon Doherty ’13 and Panyia Kong '14 prepared posters on their research projects and shared the posters with visitors in the Rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol building from 11 a.m.t o 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

Doherty conducted her research, in collaboration with Associate Professor of Chemistry Daron Janzen on “Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Cyclometallated Gold (III) Complexes.”

Doherty said she first encountered Janzen as a food and nutrition science major taking a general chemistry course, but the professor’s enthusiasm for the subject inspired her to change her major to chemistry.

“It was interesting to me to be able to work in the lab and do some hands-on work. It was nothing like I thought it would be, and I really enjoyed it,” said Doherty.

Kong worked with Associate Professor of Sociology Hui Wilcox to study “Hmong-American Food and Health Knowledge in Minnesota.” She said she wanted to look at how education could inform the Hmong population about food and health, while also incorporating the influence of various social factors on the Hmong community.

Kong also took great inspiration from her instructor, as she began studying Hmong-American food and health knowledge when she took her first course with Wilcox.

Both students will share their research findings at other professional events this year. Doherty is scheduled to present at an American Chemical Society conference at the end of March, and Kong will present at the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 8 at St. Kate's, as well as at the National Conference on Undergrad Research March 29-31, in Ogden, Utah.

Feb. 22, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

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