Baum brings home award from Academy of Science meeting

Senior Kyle Baum helped put the Baker University science program on the map by finishing first in the undergraduate oral presentations at the meeting of the Academy of Science April 5-6 at Johnson County Community College.

Two years ago, Baum began his research over protein interactions and plant development.

“My research was an extension of Dr. (Erin) Morris’ dissertation,” Baum said. “She and I worked to get a (Kansas Academy of Science) research grant, and a requirement of the grant is that you do a presentation over your research.”

Baum gave his presentation April 6, but couldn’t attend the award ceremony because of a prior engagement.

“I was shocked to find out I won,” Baum said. “I came to class the next week and they presented me with the award.”

“I am really excited for Kyle,” Morris said. “I thought his presentation was really good, and I’m glad he was acknowledged for it.”

Baum’s victory not only reflected well on him, but on Baker as well.

“Kyle shows students at Baker are capable of being involved in programs that are novel and scientifically relevant,” Morris said.

This is only the second year that there has been a research requirement in the science department. Darcy Russell, professor of biology, said Baum wasn’t in the class that required research and he did it because he wanted to.

“I’m so delighted for Kyle,” Russell said. “He’s a hard worker and so passionate about what he does. It’s good to see Baker student success.”