NHS Student Research Celebration

The College of Natural and Health Sciences’ (NHS’) Student Research Celebration is intended to honor noteworthy research by NHS undergraduate and graduate students as well as exemplary research mentoring by NHS Faculty. It also serves as a fundraiser to benefit the NHS Student Research Fund.

The inaugural event took place on April 6, 2006 in conjunction with the University’s Student Research Day and Academic Excellence Week. The banquet was attended by roughly 90 individuals from the University and community, and a larger number of individuals participated in the student poster session. The evening began with student poster presentations by 20 NHS undergraduate and graduate students. These top scholars were selected by their programs and Schools for this special recognition. The poster presentations were followed by a banquet to honor the value of student research. Dr. Denise Battles, Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, opened the banquet. She then introduced Dr. Robbyn Wacker, Assistant Vice President of Research and Extended Studies, and the Dean of the Graduate School, who extended the welcome from Academic Affairs and spoke about the benefits of research and the opportunities that UNC offers in advancing student research.

The evening included speeches from two student speaker honorees: Kristin Nelson, an undergraduate student in Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences, and Jessie Csizmadi, a graduate student in Biological Sciences. Both students spoke about their research projects and the personal and societal benefits of their research.

The event was concluded by honoring the two Faculty Research Mentors of the Year. Dr. Shandy Hauk, Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences, was recognized as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Graduate Research, while Dr. Robert Walch, Professor of Physics, was honored as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Undergraduate Research. Dr. Walch spoke regarding the importance of faculty mentoring at the undergraduate level.

NHS would like to extend congratulations to all of the poster presenters, student speakers, and faculty mentor nominees and honorees. Please view the program from the 2006 Student Research Celebration for a complete list of nominees and honorees.

Dean Battles

Dr. Denise Battles welcomes the 90 attendees to the inaugural Student Research Celebration.

Dr. Robbyn Wacker

Dr. Robbyn Wacker speaks about the benefits of student research.


Chen-Yeuh Chen chats with UNC faculty member Ann Ratcliffe about his research.


Sarah-Catherine Hester and Dr. Bill Hoyt discuss Earth Science.


Undergraduate speaker Kristin Nelson proudly presents her poster.


Graduate speaker Jessie Csizmadi uses her poster to show the benefits of taxonomy.


Jacqueline Pollman illustrates her research regarding predicting adolescent smoking.

Andrew and Geisendorfer

Lane Andrew presents his research to Dean Battles and fellow presenter Nancy Geisendorfer.

Dr. Shandy Hauk

Dr. Shandy Hauk receives the Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

Dr. Bob Walch

Dr. Robert Walch accepts the Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from Dean Battles.

NHS Student Presenters

The student poster presenters and Dean Battles.