Seventh Annual NHS Student Research Celebration

The College of Natural and Health Sciences’ (NHS’) Student Research Celebration honors noteworthy research by NHS undergraduate and graduate students as well as exemplary research mentoring by NHS Faculty. Fundraising associated with the event benefits the NHS Student Research Fund.Erica Pratt and Tanjian Liang

The seventh annual event took place on Thursday, April 12, 2012 in conjunction with the University’s Student Research Day and Academic Excellence Week. The banquet was attended by roughly 120 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 about 35 NHS undergraduate and graduate students. These top scholars were selected by their programs, departments 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, Acting Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, who extended a welcome and spoke about the benefits of research and the opportunities that UNC offers in advancing student research.

BanquetThe evening included speeches from two student speaker honorees: Carissa King, an undergraduate student in Biological Sciences, and Brent Peterson, a doctoral student in Sport and Exercise Science. Both students spoke about the personal and societal benefits of their research.

The event concluded by honoring the two Faculty Research Mentors of the Year. Dr. Scott Franklin, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, was recognized as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Undergraduate Research, while Dr. Steve Mackessy, Professor of Biological Sciences, was honored as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Graduate Research. Dr. Mackessy closed the event by speaking about the importance of faculty mentoring.

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 2012 Student Research Celebration for a complete list of nominees and honorees.

Presenters

Seventh Annual Student Research Celebration Poster Presenters
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Ambassadors
Student Ambassadors Callie Simpson and Laurenda Weber check in students and guests at the event.
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Piano Player
UNC student Xiangyu Zhao performs classical music during the poster presentations.
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Amber Brandt

Biological Sciences major Amber Brandt presents her research.
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Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan, graduate student in Nursing, shares her research on tuberculosis testing.
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Guests
Dr. Sue Gapter-Dority and her husband Tom listen as Math major Keith Kennison explains his research on metacognitive awareness and strategies.
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Daniel Shackelford
Sport and Exercise Science graduate student Daniel Shackelford presents his reserch.
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Andrea Stucky and Isaiah Runyan
Isaiah Runyan and Andrea Stucky conducted research on earth science.
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Alex Perfect and Matt Hickethier
Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality majors Alex Perfect and Matt Hickethier explain their research to Dr. Ellen Gregg, Director of the School of Human Sciences.
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Brianne Broughton
Brianne Broughton, Biological Sciences major, conducted research on venom and cancer.
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Brian Christopher and Mike Oehrtman
Math major Brian Christopher presents his research findings to math faculty member Dr. Mike Oehrtman.
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Brent Peterson
Sport and Exercise Science doctoral student Brent Peterson shares his research on cancer and exercise.
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Beverly Riggio
Nursing graduate student Beverly Riggio explains her research on the Medical Home Model.
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Maurice Woods and Robert Shiely
Physics students Maurice Woods III, Jordan Aken and Robert Shiely show off their robots.
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Rui Fang
Rui Fang conducted chemistry research.
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Peter Graham
Peter Graham, a Biological Sciences major, explains his research.
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Katharine Burakowski and David Stotlar
Sport and Exercise Science graduate student Katie Burakowski shares her research with Dr. David Stotlar.
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Chelsea Matesi
Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences major Chelsea Matesi.
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Kelli Johnson
Biological Sciences major Kelli Johnson chats with NHS Advisory Board member Wes Sargent.
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Erica Pratt and Tanjian Liang
Tanjian Liang and Erica Pratt, Sport and Exercise Science graduate students, conducted research on teacher education for PE teachers.
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Jonna Leyrer
Biology major Jonna Leyrer presents her research.
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David Glassmeyer and Rebecca-Anne Dibbs
Math education graduate students David Glassmeyer and Rebecca-Anne Dibbs.
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Laura Meadows and Bill Hoyt
Biology major Laura Meadows explains her research to Earth Sciences professor Dr. Bill Hoyt.
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Jessica Brown
Sport and Exercise Science student Jessica Brown.
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Kaisha Brown and Wes Sargent
Chemistry major Kaisha Brown and NHS Advisory Board member Wes Sargent.
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Jacob Herlin
Jacob Herlin shows off his math research.
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Ashley Gross
Biology student Ashley Gross explains her research on Parkinson's Disease.
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Andrew Smith and Lavonne Beel
Andrew Smith, a graduate student in Sport and Exercise Science, discusses his research with guest Lavonne Beel.
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Beverly Ranney
Beverly Ranney shares her research on biology labs.
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Colin Quinn
Sport and Exercise Science doctoral student Colin Quinn reports his findings about cancer survivors.
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Adrian Schenk
Biological Sciences student Adrian Schenk conducted research on bovine luteal cells.
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Dean Battles
Dean Denise Battles provides a brief welcome at the banquet.
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Acting Provost Wacker
Acting Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Robbyn Wacker extended a welcome and spoke about the benefits of research and the opportunities that UNC offers in advancing student research.
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Carissa King
Biological Sciences student Carissa King talks about the benefits of undergraduate research.
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Brent Peterson
Sport and Exercise Science doctoral student Brent Peterson shares his research experience.
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Dr. Scott Franklin
Biological Sciences faculty member Dr. Scott Franklin accepts his award for Faculty Research Mentor of the Year at the Undergraduate Level.
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Steve Mackessy
Biological Sciences faculty member Dr. Steve Mackessy accepts his award for Faculty Research Mentor of the Year at the Graduate Level and speaks about the benefit of faculty mentoring.
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Awardees
Seventh Annual Student Research Celebration Speakers and Awardees
(l-r) Dr. Steve Mackessy, Dr. Robbyn Wacker, Carissa King, Brent Peterson, Dr. Denise Battles, and Dr. Scott Franklin.
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