May 18, 2022 Feature Story

Wor-Wic’s first STEM honors graduates walk the stage

Wor-Wic’s first STEM honors graduates walk the stage
From left, Dr. Heidi Walker was the advisor for John Todd and Kendall Beauchamp as they worked on their STEM honors capstone projects..

Kendall Beauchamp of Parsonsburg and John Todd of Salisbury recently became Wor-Wic’s first graduates in its STEM honors program at the 2022 commencement. Beauchamp and Todd completed lengthy capstone projects consisting of 90 hours of laboratory research to earn the distinction.

Dr. Heidi Walker, assistant professor of physical science, served as advisor to both of the students. Beauchamp researched “Synthesis of chalcones and evaluation of their antimicrobial properties.” Todd’s capstone focused on “Examination of the competing properties of necrophoric odorants in Tetramorium Caespitum.”

“I’m thankful to Dr. Walker and to the whole STEM faculty,” Beauchamp said. “I learned so much, and I will never forget the experience.”

Both students will be heading to Salisbury University’s Clarke Honors College to continue their education in biology this fall.

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