UNC Recognizes Students’ Research Projects

Winners of the University of Northern Colorado's inaugural Research Excellence Awards, held in conjunction with the school's annual Research Day, have been announced.

Award categories and presentations receiving awards were:

Best Graduate Individual Oral Presentation
Best Overall Presentation

Stephanie Flynn-James
"Potential Therapeutic Use of Transforming Growth Factor-ß for Treatment of Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome"
Discipline: Biological Education
Faculty Mentor: William Schountz

Best Undergraduate Individual Oral Presentation
Sara Baum
"An Analysis of Immigration-Related Depression: Correlations to Acculturation, Stressors, and Utilization Resources"
Discipline: Psychology and Sociology
Faculty Mentor: Kevin Pugh

Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation
Nicole Vincelette
"The Effects of Gentamicin During the in vitro Erythrocytic Life Cycle of the Malarial Parasite Plasmodium Falciparum"
Discipline: Biology, Pre-Health
Faculty Mentor: Susan Keenan

Best Graduate Poster Presentation
Traci Parry
"Effects of Endurance Training on Cardiotoxicity Induced by Combined Treatment with Doxorubicin and Goserelin Acetate"
Discipline: Sport and Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology
Faculty Mentors: Reid Hayward, David Hydock, Carole Schneider

Each of the winners will receive a $200 gift card to Barnes and Noble for use on textbooks or other educational supplies. The grand prize winner will receive her choice of a mini-laptop computer from Bear Logic.

The evaluators for the awards included a wide representation across disciplines: Genie Canales, professor of Hispanic Studies; Becky Freer, instructor in the McNair Scholars Program; Julie Hanks, associate professor for Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences; Stephen Mackessy, professor of Biological Sciences; Thomas Smith, dean of University College and assistant vice president of Undergraduate Studies; and Stephanie Burchett, graduate student.

Research Day was part of Academic Excellence Week, an annual event to celebrate and honor academic excellence throughout the university. AEW is coordinated and sponsored by the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership in conjunction with various academic programs and offices across the campus.

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