An Augusta State University chemistry major who explored a cost-efficient method for testing estrogen levels in local streams will be will be among 75 students honored Friday during the school’s Honors Convocation.
Skylar Hendricks, whose studies focused on how increased exposure to estrogen in waterways could affect fish, livestock and humans, will receive the William A. Bloodworth Jr. Academic Recognition Day Scholar award.
In her research, Hendricks used a cheaper way to conduct tests with a chemical that enabled estrogen levels to be analyzed through a process known as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.
“After months of working with the hormone estrogen and using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, I discovered that we avoided spending hundreds of dollars in this research,” Hendricks said.
Estrogen’s presence in streams and lakes has many causes, including human and animal wastes, factory packaging and agricultural practices.
Hendricks is also one of the first recipients of Augusta State’s ADP Scholarship, made possible by a gift from the ADP Educational Partners for Success Grant.
After graduating in May, Hendricks plans to study pharmacy at the University of South Carolina or University of Georgia.
Friday’s 7 p.m. convocation will be held in ASU’s Maxwell Theatre.