SC Students Present Research to Congress

Sheridan College student Joe Graves (right) explains research on snake venom protein that he, Duane McMurtry (far left) and Deo Lachman (second from right) worked on this year to U.S. Senator John Barrasso (center) at “Posters on the Hill” in Washington D.C. (Photo courtesy Sen. Barrasso's staff)
Sheridan College student Joe Graves (right) explains research on snake venom protein that he, Duane McMurtry (far left) and Deo Lachman (second from right) worked on this year to U.S. Senator John Barrasso (center) at “Posters on the Hill” in Washington D.C. (Photo courtesy Sen. Barrasso's staff)

Sheridan College students Duane McMurtry, Joe Graves and Deo Lachman recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C., where they presented their very own undergraduate research to Wyoming’s congressional delegation. Sheridan College President, Paul Young, explains.

The group of three shared their research on anticoagulant and antimicrobial activity of an enzyme they found in the Eastern Cottonmouth rattlesnake. In their presentation, they looked at many aspects of the isolated snake venom protein - in particular, its potential for medical uses.

Lachman said in a media release he was happy to take part in the experience, and it just goes to show that Sheridan College can compete with much larger four-year universities.

The research all began in Rob Milne's chemistry research class at Sheridan College, and after thoroughly vetting their work, the class created posters on each individual topic. The three students returned from Washington D.C., and joined other Sheridan College students in Laramie for the University of Wyoming's Undergraduate Research Day.

Other Sheridan College students presenting at Undergraduate Research Day were: Ashley Stimson, presenting on “Veterinarian Recommendations - Vaccinating for Clostridial Diseases,” Courtney Dixon, who covered “Clostridial Diseases in Cattle,” Kenny Markley presenting “Reversible Electrochemical Behavior of Transition Metal Compounds,” and Heather Kenyon, who researched “Advanced Oxidation of Produced Water.”

The Posters on the Hill program was sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

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