Best of QUEST, Best of STEM

2014-04-01 10.06.31
Crowd gathered looking at posters.

For the last 25 years, Youngstown State University has hosted QUEST, which is a forum for student scholarship. QUEST provides students of every major an opportunity to practice presenting their research and to show off their academic achievements. This year seven teams were chosen to present at the Best of QUEST Showcase to determine which teams would win best overall undergraduate and graduate project. Three of these finalists call the STEM College home!

The first undergraduate team consisted of Ashley Martof, Lauren Rodomsky, Caitlyn Rodomsky, Dakesha Jordan, and James Limperos. Jennifer Moore and Christopher Copeland comprised the second undergraduate team. There was one STEM graduate team that consisted of Joseph Copploe and his collaborative partners Dr. Richard Blob and Dr. John Parrish.

Participants must submit abstracts and posters for the event. They then have to present their projects to the judges who judge them based on aesthetics and content. Participants must know every aspect of their project to achieve the highest scores.

The first undergraduate team worked with Dr. Brett Conner on a 3D printing project called “Developing Customization and Complexity Scales for Additive Manufacturing Products.”

“It is becoming a learning tool for many students in both college and in high school,” says Dakesha Jordan. “Many businesses want to know when exactly it is appropriate to use 3D printing for their products.”

The first undergraduate team decided that the best way to remedy the problem would be to create a reference system that businesses could use. This system would allow business to search using specific attributes of manufactured products, like complexity and customization, and match them with the level of additive manufacturing. Eventually companies will be able to develop parametric cost analysis of the different methods.

The second undergraduate team, who worked with Dr. Peter Norris from the chemistry department, developed a project around organic synthesis and methodology. Their project, entitled, “A Safe Preparation of Azides and their Applications in Organic Synthesis Methodology,” focused on finding a safer source of azide by attaching an azide group to an aromatic ring.

Both Jennifer Moore and Christopher Copeland will be continuing their research through the rest of their time at YSU, and they both agree that they would be lost without each other as their lab partners, as well as Dr. Norris.

“Our lab does work extremely well together,” Christopher says.

YSU STEM is proud of all of our participants! We couldn’t be more excited to see all of their research!