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.Poster presentations

The fourth annual event took place on April 2, 2009 in conjunction with the University’s Student Research Day and Academic Excellence Week. The banquet was attended by roughly 100 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 24 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 Abe Harraf, Provost of the University, who extended a welcome and spoke about the benefits of research and the opportunities that UNC offers in advancing student research. Banquet

The evening included speeches from two student speaker honorees: Jessica Smoot, an undergraduate student in the School of Mathematical Sciences, and Brendan Dwyer, a graduate student in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Both students spoke about their research and the personal and societal benefits of their research.

The event was concluded by honoring the two Faculty Research Mentors of the Year. Dr. Gregory DeKrey, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, was recognized as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Undergraduate Research, while Dr. Juliet Fried, Professor of Rehabilitative Services, was honored as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Graduate Research. Dr. Susan Keenan, the recipient of the 2008 Faculty Mentor of the Year for Undergraduate Research, spoke regarding the importance of faculty mentoring. Provost and Keenan

This year's Student Research Celebration was attended by several members of Greeley Centennial Rotary and their guests. Greeley Centennial Rotary sponsors the event, and the College appreciates its generous support.

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 2009 Student Research Celebration for a complete list of nominees and honorees.

Poster Presenters

Fourth Annual Student Research Celebration Poster Presenters

NHS Student Ambassadors

NHS Student Ambassadors help meet and greet guests during the poster presentations

Greg Klug

Greg Klug, a graduate student in PVA, plays classical music during the poster presentations


Britney Writer presents Sarah Morris' research


Nicholas Carlson explains his research on web application behaviors

Champion and King

Joe Champion and Kristin King talk about their research on advising students in mathematics

Brian Davidson

NHS alumni and donor Brian Davidson chats with NHS Ambassador Katie Card


SES graduate student Brendan Dwyer presents his research on fantasy football


Katie Gersbach discusses her research on pediatric cochlear implants


Biology student Jacqueline Johnson is researching an edible Malarial vaccine


Meteorology student Doug Koch is researching the May 2008 Windsor tornado

Kuhns and Wilson

Casey Kuhns and Adam Wilson present their research on open source internet robotics


Aaron Lucero compares student satisfaction of their respective university and college town


Chemistry Education graduate student James MacArthur presents on the effect of his graduate program's teaching practices


Biology faculty members Susan Keenan, Cindy White and Scott Franklin listen as Katie Gersbach explains her research


Bill Hoyt, Jean Schober Morrell and Ellen Gregg enjoy the poster presentations

Madrigal and Pevey

Amie Madrigal and Ryan Pevey discuss their research on wolves

Mast and Monroe

Biology majors Lindsey Mast and Alaina Monroe present their research regarding Schizophrenia


Heather Muir, an SES graduate student, shares her research on female collegiate hockey


Patricia Nickell presents her research involving oral complications in cancer treatment

Smoot and Brown-Utoft

Jessica Smoot and Tiffany Brown-Utoft discuss their mathematics research


Danelle Vallejos presents her research on preventing plate waste in a tray-less system


Mathematics graduate student Ann Wheeler talks about her research concerning preservice elementary teachers


Stephanie Wood discusses her research on sheltered homeless women in Denver, CO

Whitman and Lobejko

Walt Francis, NHS alumnus and donor, catches up with NHS Development Officer Nick Lobejko

Dean Battles

Dean Denise Battles welcomes banquet attendees

Drew and Gray

NHS alumna and donor Mary Jo Drew chats with SES professor Dianna Gray during the banquet

Provost Harraf

UNC Provost Abe Harraf shares his views on the benefits of student research

Greeley Centennial Rotary members enjoy the banquet


Mathematics major Jessica Smoot speaks about the personal and societal benefits of her research


Sport Administration graduate student Brendan Dwyer entertains the crowd with information about his research


Susan Keenan, an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences, speaks about the importance of faculty mentoring

Battles and DeKrey

Dean Battles presents Gregory DeKrey with his award for Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year. Juliet Fried, the recipient of the Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year award, was unable to attend the event


(l-r) Brendan Dwyer, Jessica Smoot, Dean Denise Battles, Provost Abe Harraf, Susan Keenan and Gregory DeKrey