WWU Students Win Awards at Missouri Academy of Science Meeting

Two William Woods University students won awards at the Missouri Academy of Science’s 47th annual meeting April 15-16 at Lincoln University.


Rachel Weber, a senior from Millstadt, Ill., won first place in one of the two Biological Sciences oral presentation divisions for the presentation of her research on rickettsial bacteria.


Lucas Watson, a sophomore from Louisiana, Mo., won second place in the biology poster presentation sections for his work on Lyme–and Lyme-like bacteria found in Missouri ticks. 


They were accompanied by their faculty mentor, Dr. Mary Spratt, Cox Distinguished Professor of Science.


“These students worked very hard on their projects throughout the school year, and it was rewarding to see them recognized for the quality of their work,” Spratt said.


Presently, 49 colleges and universities around Missouri hold an institutional membership status. Many industries and other private businesses support the academy with corporate memberships.