The undergraduate research studies carried out by Ms. B.K. Ruvini Oliviya Rodrigo (Chemistry), Ms. M.R. Dyaanika Gimhani Kumari (Chemistry), Ms. J.G.A. Sachini Sewwandika Gamage (Molecular Biology & Biotechnology), and Mr. E.P. Tharosa Missaka Rajaratne (Environmental & Industrial Sciences) of the Faculty of Science were able to reach the top 10 submissions at the final round of the Inter-university Undergraduate Research Competition in Chemical Sciences organized by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – Section E2 (Chemical Sciences), held on the 15th of October at the SLAAS “Vidya Mandiraya”, Colombo 7.
Ms. Rodrigo emerged victorious for her research work on “Formulation and Evaluation of Herbal Anti-fungal Shampoo Using Coconut Oil and Natural Ingredients” (Supervised by Prof. A.D.L.C. Perera & Dr. J.M.S. Jayasinghe). Ms. Gimhani won 2nd place for her work on “Chitosan-coated Magnetite Nanoparticles Loaded with Polar Extracts of Osbeckia octandra (Heen Bōvitiyā) Leaf and In-vitro Anticancer Properties.” (Supervised by Prof. R.M.G. Rajapakse, Prof. B.M.R. Bandara, Dr. M.P. Thomas, & Prof. R.P.V.J. Rajapakse). Research works on “Assessment of retained microflora and the presence of human DNA on used toothbrushes using PCR technique” (Supervised by Prof. Sanath Rajapakse & Prof. J.A.M.S. Jayatilake) of Ms. Gamage, and “Dispersion Modelling of Vehicular Carbon Monoxide in the Kandy Municipality” (Supervised by Dr. R.J.K.U. Ranatunga) of Mr. Rajaratne, were recognized with scientific merit for reaching the top 10.
Photograph (L to R): Ms. Rodrigo, Ms. Gimhani, Ms. Gamage, Mr. Rajaratne