UW-Green Bay science students win scholarships for research projects

GREEN BAY—A panel of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty members selected two students, Brittany Brodziski, a senior chemistry major from Spencer, and Adam Snippen, a senior environmental science major from Schofield, as first-ever recipients of the Paul and Thea Sager Scholarship.

The Sager Scholarship, established in memory of Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner, recognizes an outstanding scientific research paper by an undergraduate student at UW-Green Bay.

Brodziski’s paper, titled “An analysis of the presence of diethyl and dibutyl phthalate in scented oil air fresheners” was completed in the course Instrumental Analysis under the supervision of Prof. John Lyon.

Snippen’s paper, “Characteristics and microbial respiration analysis of a southern boreal forest in Door County, Wisconsin,” was completed in the course Ecological and Environmental Methods and Analysis under the supervision of Prof. Amy Wolf.

Prof. Mathew Dornbush also assisted with sampling and lab analysis.

The two award recipients will share the $500 scholarship for spring semester 2009.

Two other students also were recognized with honorable mention for outstanding papers. Robert Balow, a senior chemistry major from Racine, wrote “Analysis of the surface morphology of ferretic nitrocarburized cast iron and steel pans and the interaction of surface iron oxide with acetic acid,” supervised by Prof. John Lyon.

Andrea Duca, a senior earth science major from Coleman, wrote “Volcanogenic sulfides in Michigan and Wisconsin,” supervised by Prof. John Luczaj.

Members of the faculty panel were Profs. Steven Dutch, Julie Lukesh, Daniel Meinhardt, Amanda Nelson and Robert Howe.