Cindy Khov, civil engineering major, represented Cal Poly Pomona at the 26th National Conference for Undergraduate Research.
Khov presented “Gardening in Urban Environments (Brownfields) Exposed to Lead Contamination,” research that she had been working on with Mónica Palomo, civil engineering professor, and Ganga Hettiarachchi, agronomy professor at Kansas State University.
Palomo says that working with Khov has been a joy. “Cindy is not afraid of new and challenging experiences. She naturally looks for new knowledge and is curious about why things happen.”
The conference took place March 29 to 31 at Weber State University in Utah. Despite her courage and curiosity, Khov was not immune to the pre-presentation jitters.
“I was nervous,” Khov says. “I had flown all the way to Ogden, Utah by myself and there were so many other student presenters.”
But she quickly hit her stride.
“Attending the conference was an amazing experience,” Khov says. “The enthusiasm at this conference was refreshing. I absolutely loved it.”