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Opportunities

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The Gold Star Journal

The Gold Star Journal is an opportunity to showcase the best student work on The Citadel campus.  Each Corps Day (mid-March), the journal features cross-disciplinary, non-fiction papers written by both undergraduate and graduate students.  If you are interested, please visit the following website for more information on the journal and the process of submitting your paper and/or photographs.  http://www.citadel.edu/root/goldstar

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The Gold Star Journal Editorial Staff 2016-2017

 

Posters on the Hill

Senior Cadet Brittany Crocker presented her research at the 19th Annual Posters on the Hill event, which took place on April 22 and 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Crocker’s poster, one of 60 selected out of nearly 500 submissions, was presented to members of Congress and representatives of federal agencies as part of this annual showcase of undergraduate research.

Crocker’s study, “From Plastic to Microplastic: Decomposition of Three Common Plastic Polymers in a Salt Marsh Habitat” examined the process by which microplastic particles form from plastic debris. Most previous studies examining this process have occurred in the laboratory under controlled conditions. What makes her study unique is the fact that she conducted this study in the salt marsh, where the plastics were naturally exposed to a variety of ever changing abiotic and biotic factors. According to her research advisor, Dr. John Weinstein, Professor and Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, “Her findings have the potential to revolutionize the way scientists think about microplastic particle formation. Conventional thinking is that the decomposition of plastic debris into microplastics in the environment takes many years. Surprisingly, she has found that the plastic she set out in the marsh last June started producing microplastics in as little as 8 weeks.”

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 Kathleen Crocker, Cadet Crocker, and Rick Crocker

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Congressman James E. Clyburn, Cadet Crocker and Dr. John Weinstein 

 


 



 

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