Five Honors Program students at Sauk Valley Community College were recognized on Wednesday, April 17 for outstanding academic achievement.
The recipients include Kathleen Smith, of Walnut; Karl-Heinz Drucklieb, of Polo; Alison Poole, of Polo; Bailey Wetzell, of Rock Falls; and Shianne Warner, of Dixon.
Tom Irish and Steve Shaff, co-directors of Sauk’s Honors Program, presented scholarship awards funded by the Sauk Valley College Foundation.
Smith, an agriculture major, received a $500 award. Her past projects involved the investigation of the feasibility of hydroponics units on campus and the creation of a student agriculture organization.
Her current project consisted of the research and implementation of USDA requirements for the use of the SVCC Ag program’s chicken eggs.
Drucklieb, a nursing major, received a $400 award.
His past projects include papers on antibiotic resistant bacteria cytokine signaling. His current project involves research on the cardiac conduction system.
Poole, a chemistry major, received a $400 award. Her past project explored the inorganic synthesis of cobalt compounds. Her current project pertains to the synthesis of barbiturates.
Wetzell, a kinesiology-chiropractic science major, received a $400 award.
Her past project addressed synaptic defects in schizophrenic patients. Her current project addresses the procedure, preparation, and recovery of an autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant in patients with multiple myeloma.
Warner, a business major, received a $300 award. Her past projects involved photography and videography, 3D models of animal cells, and the aesthetics of art. Her current project is a psychology experiment involving the impact of caffeine on attention and retention.