Thelma Ameh, MS in Environmental Science
Thelma Ameh serves as a graduate researcher for the Sayes Group. Her background includes a BS in Microbiology from the University of Benin (where she studied the antibacterial efficacy of a native Nigerian plant) and an MS in Environmental Science from Tarleton State University (where her thesis research focused on utilizing plant-derived polymers for cleaning crude oil spills). After the completion of her MS degree, Thelma served as an adjunct faculty instructor in the Department of Chemistry at Tarleton State University for one year before moving to Waco to pursue a PhD degree in Environmental Science at Baylor University. While at Baylor University, Thelma hopes to utilize her knowledge of research techniques to the study the antimicrobial potential of nanosilver and nanocopper particles towards the treatment of plant diseases.
Thelma specializes in a variety of analytical techniques, such as GC-MS, FTIR, cell culture, and microscopy (Bright-field, Dark-field, & Atomic Force Microscopy).
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Texas Academy of Science (TAS)
Texas Society for Microscopy (TSM)
Honors & Awards
Best Poster Presentation, Materials Division; Texas Society for Microscopy annual meeting (2019)
Dennis P. McCabe Student Endowment Scholarship (2017)
Pathways Student Research Symposium, 1st place master’s poster award (2016)
First Class Honors, Microbiology Department, University of Benin (2014)
54th Meeting of the Texas Society for Microscopy (TSM). "Utilizing Atomic Force Microscopy for Characterizing Cellulose Materials". (Poster). San Antonio, TX. February 2019.
253rd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting. "Biopolymers as Treatment Agents for Crude Oil-Contaminated Seawater". (Platform). San Francisco, CA. April 2017.
13th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium, Texas A&M University System. "Biopolymers as Treatment Agents for Crude Oil-Contaminated Seawater". (Poster). Prairie View, TX. November 2016.