Science Student Highlights


Laurie Rumker was one of 40 national finalists in the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search competition. She investigated the long-term stability of organic structures in a pollutant containment system used in Portland's Willamette River and the susceptibility of the containment system to experience biodegradation from the naturally occurring local bacteria.

While she found that the organic structures were not likely to be susceptible to biodegradation in the short term, her work raised interesting questions about the changes the containment material could undergo in the long term.

Her research contributes to knowledge about restoring the environment, which is consistent with the OES mission - helping students realize their power for good. Laurie also received a scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development for her work and was invited by the Davidson Institute to discuss her research with President Obama.

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