Joseph Pecha Wins Award for Best Poster at American Chemical Society Meeting

Joseph Pecha Wins Award for Best Poster at American Chemical Society Meeting

Joseph Pecha
Joseph Pecha

The November 4-11, 2015 American Chemical Society meeting in Nashville was Joseph Pecha’s first big conference to attend. “There were a lot of people and a lot of specialties represented,” he said. “There was also a variety of different institutions.” Pecha was awarded a University of Dallas Experience Award to offset the expense of attending the conference, during which he presented a paper based on his summer research at Emory University.
Pecha also received the Best Poster Award in his division. He attributes his win to preparation. “I presented my paper at Emory and won 3rd place among my group,” he said, “And I practiced a lot over the summer.” Pecha also credits having an outstanding mentor as part of his success. “Although it’s hard, you have to have confidence in yourself while you’re conducting research. You have to be proactive and stick with it.”
Pecha said that attending the event would help him prepare for his future as a scientist. “It’s of critical importance for scientists to communicate the value and benefits of the work they’re doing to the public,” he said. “Presenting at the American Chemical Society Meeting helped me experience the importance of clear communication.”

Joseph Pecha is a Biochemistry and French major at UD. You can read here about his summer 2016 research experience related to orthopedic medicine.

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