Ariana Lujan, Shelby Morales and Ana Sofia Camargo Montenegro took home the top honors at the 2018 A.R.C.H. (Advanced Research and Creative Highlights) Symposium. The competition was held on April 23 and the winners were announced on May 2 at the University’s 61st annual Honors Day.
The sixth annual A.R.C.H. competition is an opportunity for Ozarks students to showcase their research and art projects from throughout the academic year. This year’s event drew 40 students and 35 projects across a wide variety of disciplines.
Lujan, a senior elementary education major from Little Elm, Texas, took first place in the oral presentation category for her project, “Pioneers of Poetry: Reflections on Student Learning.” Thomas Ross was the runner-up in the category with his presentation titled, “Analysis of the Traveling Salesman: Problem and Combination of the Random Tour and Nearest Neighbor Algorithms.”
Morales, a senior biology and chemistry major, took first-place honors in the poster presentation category for her project, “The Effect of Serotonin on Brain Endothelial Cells.” The second-place finisher in the poster category was Julio Molina Pineda for his poster titled, “Comparing Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Between Organic and Pesticide/Herbicide-Treated Soils.”
Camargo Montenegro, a junior art major, won top honors in the visual arts category for her artwork, “Hablando Flores.” The runner-up in visual arts was Aubree Sisson for her project, “Family Ties.”