Sixth 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.

The sixth annual event took place on April 7, 2011 in conjunction with the University’s Student Poster PresentationResearch Day and Academic Excellence Week. The banquet was attended by roughly 140 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 31 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. Thomas Smith, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies, who extended a welcome and spoke about the benefits of research and the opportunities that UNC offers in advancing student research.

Poster PresentationThe evening included speeches from two student speaker honorees: Keatra Nesbitt, an undergraduate student in Mathematics, and Megan Foreman, a graduate student in Nursing. 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. Chhandak Basu, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, was recognized as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Graduate Research, while Dr. Mitchell McGlaughlin, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, was honored as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Undergraduate Research. Dr. McGlaughlin closed the event by speaking about the importance of faculty mentoring.

RotaryThis year's Student Research Celebration was attended by several members of Greeley Centennial Rotary (pictured on right) and the NHS Advisory Board. 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 2011 Student Research Celebration for a complete list of nominees and honorees.

Poster Presenters

Sixth Annual Student Research Celebration Poster Presenters
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NHS Ambassadors

NHS Student Ambassadors help out at the event.
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Greg Klug performs classical music during the poster presentations.
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Earth Sciences major Aaron Adamson and his colleagues present their research.
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Jannifer Brandenburg, graduate student in Nursing, shares her research on requiring safety belts on Colorado school buses.
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Dr. Sue Gapter-Dority and her husband Tom enjoy the poster presentations.
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Chemistry major Corina Brown explains her research.
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Hank Ditton, Mathematics major, shares his research on analytic conjugacies with Dr. Paul Nutter.
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Nursing graduate student Megan Foreman presents her preterm infants research.
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SES graduate student Terence Eddy shares his research with NHS Advisory Board member Wes Sargent.
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Ashley Gross, Biological Sciences major, and colleague share their research on Parkinson's disease.
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SES graduate student Cody Havard shows off his research on perceptions of rival teams in intercollegiate athletics.
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Nursing graduate student Teresa Egan explains her research to NHS Advisory Board member Curt Weibel.
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Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality majors Grace Lobeda and Ashley Schleiger present their research on spring break recreation.
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UNC community members and donors catch up during the poster presentations.
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Biology major Katherine Kiwimagi shares her research.
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Dr. Dick Dietz chats with NHS Advisory Board member Dr. Paul Lightsey and his wife Carol.
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Nursing student Rose Suarez Macalister shares her research on pneumonia.
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Amanda Manley, Mathematics major, reports her research to Dr. Dean Allison.
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SES graduate student Heather Muir shares her research on Olympic hockey.
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Chemistry majors Kaitlyn Natelli, Jesus Tapia and John Arko present their research.
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Biology major Lauren Neiman shares her malaria research with Dr. Tom Smith.
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Derek Starkenburg, Meteorology student, explains his research on summertime arctic cyclones.
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Physics students present their research.
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Chris Repka, SES graduate student, shares his research on cancer survivors.
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SES graduate student Sheri Treadwell shows off her research.
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Banquet
Roughly 140 guests from UNC and the community attended the Student Research Celebration banquet.
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Dean Denise Battles provides a brief welcome at the banquet.
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Dr. Tom Smith extended a welcome and spoke about the benefits of research and the opportunities that UNC offers in advancing student research.
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Guests from Greeley Centennial Rotary enjoy the banquet.
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Mathematical Sciences major Keatra Nesbitt talks about the benefits of undergraduate research.
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Nursing graduate student Megan Foreman shares her research experience.
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Biological Sciences faculty member Dr. Mitchell McGlaughlin accepts his award for Faculty Research Mentor of the Year at the Undergraduate Level and speaks about the benefit of faculty mentoring.
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Sixth Annual Student Research Celebration Speakers
(l-r) Mitchell McGlaughlin, Keatra Nesbitt, Denise Battles, Megan Foreman, and Tom Smith
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