Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis

RET ECOWATER Alumni

2021 Participants

Art Ballos            

  • Wichita High School East
  • Physics; Earth and Space Science
  • Mentor: Alan Allgeier
  • Project: Characterization of Hydrogel Networks Using a Multi-Technique Approach
  • Partner RET participant: Barry Richards        

Bailey Bacon      

  • JC Harmon High School 
  • Biology, Environmental Science, Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Mentor: Gibum Kwon
  • Project: Investigating the Synthesis of Polymers in Liquid:Liquid Separation and Application
  • Partner RET Participant: Becky Retzloff                    

Jean Halley         

  • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy    
  • IB Biology first and second year
  • Mentor: Justin Hutchinson and Edward Peltier
  • Project: Bioremediation to Promote Safe Drinking Water: Recovering enzymes from soil
  • Partner RET participants:  Ayla Parham-Cortez and Cara Snyder

Denise Heavner

  • Topeka High School        
  • Mathematics
  • Mentor: Mark Shiflett and Ana Morais
  • Project: Oh, Nuts! You’re Crushing It! Upcycling is the New Recycling
  • Partner RET Participant: Katherine Wolf                                         

Ayla Parham-Cortez       

  • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy    
  • Biology; IB Biology Years 1 & 2
  • Mentor: Justin Hutchinson and Edward Peltier
  • Project: Bioremediation to Promote Safe Drinking Water: Recovering enzymes from soil
  • Partner RET participants:  Jean Halley and Cara Snyder

Becky Retzloff  

  • JC Harmon High School
  • Biology, Zoology, Botany
  • Mentor: Gibum Kwon
  • Project: Investigating the Synthesis of Polymers in Liquid:Liquid Separation and Application
  • Partner RET Participant: Bailey Bacon

Barry Richards  

  • Wellsville High School
  • Math; middle school science
  • Mentor: Alan Allgeier
  • Project: Creating Hydrogels – Testing for Compression, Diffusion, and NMR Analysis
  • Partner RET participant: Art Ballos     

Cara Snyder       

  • Topeka West High School
  • Biology and Physical Science
  • Mentor: Justin Hutchinson and Edward Peltier
  • Project: Wat-er We Drinking? A Biology Storyline Based in Engineering Principles
  • Partner RET participants:  Ayla Parham-Cortez and Jean Halley                                   

Katherine Wolf 

  • Southwest Middle School            
  • Science and biology
  • Mentor: Mark Shiflett
  • Project: Warming Up by Cooling Down: Refrigerants, Global Warming, & Ozone Depletion, Oh My!
  • Partner RET Participant: Denise Heavner

 

2019 Participants

Ellen Bruggeman

  • Lansing High School
  • Mathematics    
  • Mentor: Chris Depcik
  • Project:
  • Partner RET Participant: Michael Rebne

Jerad Gorney    

  • Gardner-Edgerton High School
  • Biology, Ecology
  • Mentor: Gibum Kwon
  • Project: Investigating Hydrophilicity and Oleophobicity through Mechanical Separation of Oil/Water Emulsions
  • Partner RET Participant: Katie Hutchison

 

Katie Hutchison*

  • Lawrence High School
  • Biology, Chemistry, ESOL, World History
  • Mentor: Gibum Kwon
  • Project: Investigating Hydrophilicity and Oleophobicity through Mechanical Separation of Oil/Water Emulsions
  • Partner RET Participant: Jerad Gorney
  • *Also served as peer mentor and teaching coach in 2021

Anne Krebs

  • Lansing High School
  • Chemistry & Physics       
  • Mentor: Kevin Leonard
  • Project: Water Splitting for Hydrogen Production –Investigating the Efficacy of Ni Mesh vs. Ni Foam
  • Partner RET Participant: Rebecca Taylor

 

Michael Rebne 

  • Wyandotte High School
  • Physics
  • Mentor: Chris Depcik
  • Project:
  • Partner RET Participant: Ellen Bruggeman

Andrew Taylor  

  • Olathe Northwest High School
  • Biology, Robotics
  • Mentor: Mark Shiflett
  • Project: Investigating Removal of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) from Drinking Water
  • Partner RET Participant: Candice Van Allen

 

Rebecca Taylor

  • Wichita High School West
  • Mathematics, Engineering
  • Mentor: Kevin Leonard
  • Project: Water Splitting for Hydrogen Production –Investigating the Efficacy of Ni Mesh vs. Ni Foam
  • Partner RET Participant: Anne Krebs

Candice Van Allen

  • Weskan High School
  • Biology, physics, chemistry
  • Mentor: Mark Shiflett
  • Project: Investigating Removal of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) from Drinking Water
  • Partner RET Participant: Andrew Taylor

Frances Wecker

  • Emporia High School
  • Biology, Earth and Space
  • Mentor: Edward Peltier
  • Project: Three Essential Elements to Produced Water Treatment and Recovery in the Science and Math Classroom: A Research-Based Model
  • Partner RET Participant: Jennifer Womack

Jennifer Womack            

  • Topeka High School
  • Mathematics    
  • Mentor: Edward Peltier
  • Project: Three Essential Elements to Produced Water Treatment and Recovery in the Science and Math Classroom: A Research-Based Model
  • Partner RET Participant: Frances Wecker

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