Two University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students of aquaculture/fisheries won awards at the 19th Research Symposium of the Association of 1890 Research Directors Inc. (ARD). The event was held March 30-April 3 at Jacksonville, Fla., according to a news release.


Junior April Surrat won first place in the undergraduate competition for her presentation titled, “Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) can Modulate Iono-osmoregulatory Mechanisms and Energy Mobilization to Deal with Chronic Sub-lethal Ammonia Toxicity.”


In the graduate competition, Nathan Egnew won third place for his presentation titled, “Ecophysiological Responses of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) to Deal with Long-Term Sublethal Iron Exposure.”


Both UAPB students earned awards for oral presentations in the animal health and production and animal products category.


The conference provided opportunities for scientists and students from the nation’s 1890 land-grant universities to present research papers and posters on innovative and practical research findings in food and agricultural sciences, according to the release.


“These students engaged in high-quality research and communicated their results effectively to a broad audience,” said Rebecca Lochmann, Ph.D, chair of the UAPB Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries.


Muthusamy Manoharan, interim dean/director, UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS), said Surrat and Egnew are excellent representatives of their department, school and university.


More than 35 administrators, faculty, staff and students from SAFHS participated in the symposium.


The theme was “The 1890 Research Agenda: Making Critical Contributions to Rural Prosperity and Challenges in Food and Agriculture.”


Around 900 participants attended the event and 500 research papers and posters were presented. Other research categories included plant health and production and plant products; food safety, nutrition and health; renewable energy, natural resources and environment; and family, youth, community and economic development.


ARD is the federation of the 19 autonomous 1890 land-grant universities that provides coordination of research initiatives among member 1890 institutions in cooperation with federal, state and private partners. The association’s mission is to provide leadership to the institutions as they address food and agricultural research challenges facing the state, nation and world. The ARD’s research agenda is broad and targets areas that address the needs of all people in society, particularly those who are socio-economically disadvantaged.