Mercer alumna Cheryl Horn of Chattanooga, Tenn., recently received a third place prize for a paper and poster she submitted at the national convention of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA).
Horn, who graduated from Mercer in December 2002 with a degree in environmental engineering, won the prize for a paper on air quality in Atlanta she submitted at the A&WMA convention in San Diego.
The project was the result of an independent study course she took with Mercer's Dr. Andre Butler, an assistant professor in environmental engineering.
With an estimated 50 entries from environmental engineering students across the country, the contest was extremely competitive, according to Butler, who accompanied Horn at the convention.
"This says a lot about Horn as a student," he said. "She has excellent training in both laboratory work and research. She knew what she was talking about at the convention and impressed the judges."
Horn is the daughter of Donna and Ray Horn of Chattanooga. She plans to pursue a master's degree in environmental engineering at Virginia Technical Institute and State University.
A&WMA is an international professional organization that provides training, information, and networking opportunities to more than 9000 environmental professionals in 65 countries.