Restek Holds 1st Annual Student Research Symposium

Andrew Murtha

Jovan Livada

Latisha Franklin

Roman Jaramillo

Restek recently held its 1st Annual Student Research Symposium at its global headquarters in Bellefonte, PA, as part of our commitment to developing the next generation of scientists.

During the event, Restek chemists and leadership gave talks on gas chromatography in space, olfactory detection, and bile acid analysis by liquid chromatography, but more important, in addition to learning more about STEM careers, students prepared and presented posters on a variety of topics. Posters were judged by a panel of Restek technical experts, who were impressed by the high quality of work on display.

Although all of the presenters are deserving of accolades, the organizers especially wanted to congratulate our winners:

First Place ($1,000) – Andrew Murtha, “Communication Between Vibrio fischeri Populations within the Squid Light Organ”
Second Place ($500) – Latisha Franklin, “Inborn Errors in Purine Metabolism Result in Neuromuscular Deficits: A Comparative Metabolic Approach”
Third Place ($250) – Nathan Yu, “Homogeneity of Packing in Silica Separation Column”

This year, undergraduate and graduate student researchers from Penn State were invited to network and showcase their work. Next year, Restek plans to expand the program.

Are you a student interested in applying for next year’s symposium? Watch for an announcement later this year or email Alex Pavkovich at