Friday, April 19, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Marshall senior to exhibit poster at Posters on the Hill event in D.C.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University senior Courtney Hatten of Wayne is being recognized this spring for her physical chemistry research at the annual Posters on the Hill event Wednesday, April 24, in Washington, D.C.  She was the only student chosen from West Virginia.

Hatten, whose faculty advisor is Dr. Laura McCunn, will exhibit a poster on The Thermal Decomposition of Butyraldehyde, which examines how the molecule butyraldehyde breaks down at high temperatures through a process called matrix-isolation Fourier Transform-Infrared (MI-FTIR). This is important because compounds like butyraldehyde are exposed to high temperatures in the production of biofuels. Her research is one of 60 projects chosen from more than 700 applications.

The Council on Undergraduate Research sponsors the April event, which spotlights undergraduate research in an effort to encourage more students to pursue research opportunities.
“I am very excited to share my research with our nation’s leaders and to promote research as a valuable component of undergraduate education,” Hatten said.  “As an undergraduate researcher, I have had the opportunity to think critically about real problems, conduct experiments to solve these problems and communicate my findings to the public.”

“Courtney has worked countless hours in the laboratory, and mastered an instrument that would typically be operated by Ph.D. students. I am thrilled that she has been given the opportunity to participate in Posters on the Hill and I look forward to seeing her future achievements,” McCunn said.

Hatten is a chemistry major at Marshall.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
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