Students first undergrads to speak at CSC

Posted July 13, 2011

Last month, three ACU students were among the first undergraduates to give lectures at the Christian Scholars' Conference on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

At a session titled "Honors College Undergraduate Research in the Sciences," senior chemistry major David Kempe presented his research results concerning the synthesis of new and known osmium cluster compounds. His 20-minute presentation was titled "Microwave Chemistry: A Better Way to Make Potential Anti-Cancer Agents." His research mentor is ACU chemistry professor Dr. Greg Powell.

"It was a significant honor for David and the others to be included on Pepperdine's CSC program," says Powell, director of undergraduate research and professor of chemistry. "David's presentation was very well received. He is one of many top-notch students pursuing a degree in the physical sciences at ACU."

Two junior ACU biochemistry majors, Blaine Smith and Evan Jones, were co-presenters of "Behavioral Epigenetics and Pastoral Care," a 20-minute talk in a session entitled "Evolution and Theology." ACU biology professor Dr. Dan Brannan, who has mentored these students over the past year, organized the session.

This year marked the 31st annual meeting of the Christian Scholars' Conference. When planning this year's program, CSC organizers sought to begin featuring the research of honors college students from Christian universities. They intend to make the undergraduate session a regular part of the conference in the future.

Learn more about the exciting opportunities for ACU undergraduates here.