Medellín awards 3 UNal students for researching
A new method to treat colorant polluted water, a toxic waste breakdown project and the vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in America were the projects which were acknowledged by this award.Medellín, 01 de diciembre de 2015 — Agencia de Noticias UN–
Researchers awarded, from left to right: Sara María Vallejo Bernal, Andrés Merino Restrepo and Sara Jiménez Correa.
During the ceremony, Universidad de Antioquia Professor Dr. Francisco Javier Lopera Restrepo and was bestowed the “Life Devoted to Research” award.
Professor Angelina Hormaza has been tutoring Andrés Merino and Sara Jiménez since they were sophomores.
Civil engineering student Sara María Vallejo and Biological Engineering students Sara Jiménez Correa and Andrés Merino Restrepo, were bestowed the “2015 Medellín Researches Award” in the “Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher” category.
Vallejo received the award for participating in a project called Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the Americas (VACEA) which is currently being carried out in five countries and hopes to research the vulnerability and adaptability of indigenous and rural communities to climate change and the extreme events produced by this phenomenon.
Jiménez’s project was breaking down toxic compounds, such as colorants using fungi produced enzymes.
In turn Merino participated in a project regarding solid state fermentation of an agroindustrial waste process to treat water streams polluted with synthetic colorants.
The significant participation of these students in research projects which impact the city and their excellent academic achievement made them worthy of the recognition along with other seven students from different academic institutions of the Valle de Aburrá metropolitan area.
The Medellín Investiga (Medellin Researches) Award was created through Municipal Agreement 60 of 2005, with the purpose of encouraging research in private and public universities of Medellín; it also emphasizes on the importance of solving environmental and developmental issues of the city.
For Vallejo this acknowledgement means a new start to her academic and research career. She said he wanted to continue in the university doing research all her life and felt that this award was precisely the beginning of her academic career.
On the other hand Merino has been admitted to the Science Biotechnology master’s program. “This recognition is the opportunity provided by the Office of the Mayor of Medellín to carry out an internship abroad and continue the project, which along with the university hopes to solve a serious issue, pollution which severely impacts our city,” he said.
Finally, Jiménez was accepted to the Science Biotechnology master’s degree program.
Dedication and joy in what they do were the qualities UNal-Medellín Faculty of Sciences Professor Angelina Hormaza emphasized of the awarded students, which is also an achievement for the institution. “This recognition is also a call to other students, as we are in the capacity of applying and be chosen because we are very competent both in research as well as academically,” she added.(Por: FIN/DGG/MLA/CA