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USD Student Wins Chemical Society Poster Session

Image Chemical Poster Contest Austin Fritza, John Fanta and Stanley May, USD chemistry professor.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two University of South Dakota undergraduate students placed first and third at the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society poster session recently at Augustana University in Sioux Falls.

Austin Fritza, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, won the contest with his research exploring how dental products could be used to treat tooth hypersensitivity. “Currently, we are applying various chemical treatments to extracted tooth samples and monitoring tooth surface using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM),” he said. “The main goal of our research is to prevent sensitivity in teeth.” Fritza has also presented his work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in Pierre, South Dakota, and the Summer Research Symposium held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

John Fanta, of Yankton, South Dakota, placed third with his research about excitement and clarity. “My research is an interdisciplinary study between chemistry and basic biomedical sciences at USD and the Sanford School of Medicine,” he said. Fanta has had previous experience presenting research at local conferences including the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago, Illinois.

Download a photo: Austin Fritza, John Fanta and Stanley May, USD chemistry professor.


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