On Wednesday March 27, 2019, John Sanders, East Georgia State College senior in the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, and Dr. David Chevalier, Chair of the EGSC Biology Department, attended the first “Posters at the Georgia Capitol” meeting. This meeting was sponsored by the Georgia Undergraduate Research Collective. Sanders was selected one of the 41 out of 63 applicants to present at this meeting.
“It was an honor to be selected to present my research to our state elected officials at the Capitol,” said Sanders. “It was more of an honor to represent our college with other colleges and universities that have long established biology programs. I hope more of my fellow classmates can participate in the future and showcase our skills.”
Sanders presented the research that he and another EGSC student, Johnathan Davis, performed during their internship with the Altamaha Riverkeeper. The Altamaha Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization whose goal is to protect and restore the Altamaha River and its watershed. Sanders’s poster was titled Baseline Water Monitoring of the Ohoopee River. He tested water quality at three sites on the Ohoopee River, located in Reidsville, above and below the wastewater treatment plant during the Spring 2017, and Davis during the summer 2017. This research is part of a long-term collaboration between the Altamaha Riverkeeper and EGSC to create a baseline dataset of measurements to determine potential influences of wastewater release on the river’s health.
“I am very proud of John Sanders,” said Dr. Chevalier. “John’s participation in this meeting highlights the success and academic achievement of the students in the Biology Program at East Georgia State College.”
Sanders presented his research to several attendees, including EGSC President Dr. Robert Boehmer, Representative Butch Parrish, Senator Jack Hill, Senator John Kennedy, the Mercer University Vice President for Governmental Relations Hugh Sosebee, Jr., and EGSC alumna and current communication coordinator Caitlan Coleman.
“I am proud of the research John Sanders is doing while in the four year biology program at East Georgia State College,” said Representative Parrish. “It is always good to see folks from home at the Capitol."
“Being an alumna of East Georgia State College and a native of Meeks, Ga., it was wonderful to see John Sanders present his research on baseline water monitoring of the Ohoopee River at the Gold Dome,” said Coleman. “I enjoyed hearing about his findings, and loved seeing some familiar faces in Atlanta.”
“East Georgia State College takes great pride in the academic accomplishments of John Sanders as represented by his outstanding poster presentation at the State Capitol,” added Dr. Boehmer. “Mr. Sanders is a product of this part of the state and we are pleased that he has chosen EGSC to pursue his higher education. We also want to say thanks to our local legislators who took time out of their legislative schedules at a very busy time to view Mr. Sanders’s poster presentation.”