Columbia College senior Nick Grabner, left, poses for a photo with Biochemistry Professor Dr. Kent Strodtman after being honored during the Science Symposium on Wednesday, April 10, in Bixby Lecture Hall on main campus. Photo by Columbia College Photographer & Graphic Designer Abigail Wade

By Roger McKinney, Columbia Daily Tribune

Clandestine serial numbers, cloning an enzyme for a potential future dietary supplement and the health of rural versus urban streams for aquatic invertebrates were among topics covered Wednesday at the 10th annual Columbia College Science Symposium.

Students filled Brouder Science Center with posters representing their research, explaining it to the dozens of visitors who approached.

More than 50 student research projects were represented.

Columbia College biology professor Brad Scharf said the symposium is a good opportunity for students to present their research to a wide audience.

“It gives the student the ability to present their data,” Scharf said. “It’s something that’s really important in the science field.”