University News – April 10

Hope resident creates soy-based odor absorber

Purdue University student Elizabeth Tedder, of Hope, worked with a team to develop and present a new soy-based product during a state competition.

Tedder, a biological engineering student, was a member of the SoySorbent team that created a soybean-based biodegradable odor absorber. Her team presented its product March 28 at the Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition in Indianapolis.

Sixteen teams competed in the competition, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Teams began working on their projects in September and completed them this past February.

Projects were judged by farmers, agriculture industry representatives and marketing professionals. SoySorbent did not place in the competition.

Local presents research project at conference

Tyler Lyons, of Columbus, was selected to present a research project at the University of Alabama Research Conference, conducted March 30.

Lyons presented the project titled “Effect of Oximes on the Electrodeposition of Cobalt for Interconnect Applications.”

The conference’s purpose was to bring attention to outstanding work completed by University of Alabama undergraduates, and to provide students with presenting experience and form relationships with faculty mentors and fellow presenters.

New transfer initiative for Ivy Tech, Trine created

Ivy Tech Community College and Trine University have partnered to create a new statewide reverse transfer agreement. The initiative will be for students who have transferred to Trine prior to completing an associate degree at Ivy Tech.

To be eligible, students must:

•Have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours from Ivy Tech

•Be currently enrolled at Trine University as an undergraduate

•Have no prior associate degree from Ivy Tech

Once a student has completed 66 or more total credit hours, including the minimum 15 from Ivy Tech, they will be notified each semester of potential eligibility for an Ivy Tech associate degree through reverse transfer until they opt-in or opt-out.

“This credential may make them more marketable, keep them motivated on their way toward a bachelor’s degree and serve as a valuable asset should they be delayed in achieving their ultimate degree goal,” said Russ Baker, vice president of academic affairs and university transfer division at Ivy Tech.

Ivy Tech has also partnered with institutions such as Indiana State University, Purdue University, University of Southern Indiana and others to offer reverse transfer.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.