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Student scientists compete at Skyway Conference STEM poster contest

by College of Lake County | Published Apr 27, 2018

CLC hosted the 2018 STEM Poster Competition of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference on April 20. The contest featured 28 poster submissions created by students from seven Illinois community colleges in biology, environmental biology, engineering and physical sciences/mathematics. The posters were judged by a team of six judges from Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill.

In addition, students participated in STEM activities such as a LAN party, math competition, engineering tour and soccer robots maker station.

Photo of CLC STEM poster competitorsThe CLC students who won medals were: Raquel Devience, first place in biology for “Using Trehalose in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease”; Sonya Balaji, second place in biology for “The Effect of Food Additives on Anxiety Behavior in Zebrafish”; and Patricia Umbricht, second place in environmental biology for “Ecological Differences Between Wide and Narrow Buffer Zones.” Photo: CLC student competitors.

Maureen Robinson, CLC dean of biological and health sciences, shared stories of being a first generation college student and working as a chemist in a traditionally male-dominated profession. Medals were given to first, second and third place winners by faculty and staff from the biological and health sciences division. The event was sponsored and coordinated by CLC Student Activities.

For information on STEM programs at CLC, visit