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UK CAER Undergraduate Researcher Presents Research at Kentucky State Capitol

Courtney McKelphin, an undergraduate researcher at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, was one of 29 UK undergraduate researchers selected to showcase their research to the Kentucky state legislature on Thursday, February 25.

UK CAER's Courtney McKelphin at the Posters at the Capitol event

McKelphin and her UK colleagues were joined by more than 200 other student representatives from institutions across the Commonwealth for Posters-at-the-Capitol. This one-day annual event is held to educate Kentucky state legislators of the importance of undergraduate research and scholarly work. The governor, members of the General Assembly and representatives from students' hometowns are able to engage directly with the scholars on this day.

Working in CAER's Algae and Biofuels Laboratory under the direction of mentor Mark Crocker, McKelphin's project is entitled "Optimization of Microalgae Lipid Extracts for the Production of Fuels."

The event is a collaborative program where students from each of Kentucky's eight public universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System present the results of research they have conducted as part of their college experience before the state legislature.

Courtney is a mentor in the UK CAER and UK College of Engineering's research center-based mentoring initiative with funding from the Broadening Participation in Engineering program of the National Science Foundation. As a junior Chemical Engineering student whose research experience at CAER, leadership position in the UK student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and experience as peer tutor make her an ideal peer mentor.

For more information about McKelphin's research at UK CAER, watch this following video:


For more information please contact: David Melanson, Assistant Director of External Affairs and Development at UK CAER.