Eighth 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 eighth annual event took place on Thursday, April 11, 2013 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 SRC 2013participated in the student poster session. The evening began with student poster presentations by 28 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. Ellen Meyer Gregg, Acting Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, opened the banquet. She then introduced Dr. Teresa McDevitt, Acting Assistant Vice President for Research, who extended a welcome and spoke about the benefits of research and the opportunities that UNC offers in advancing student research.

The evening included speeches from student speaker honorees: Jerica Lenberg, an undergraduate student in Biological Sciences, and Corrie Groesbeck and Emily Schroeder, graduate students in Public Health. All of the 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. Jerry Suits, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was recognized as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Graduate Research, while Dr. Lauryn Benedict, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, was honored as the Faculty Mentor of the Year for Undergraduate Research. Dr. Benedict 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 2013 Student Research Celebration for a complete list of nominees and honorees.

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Eighth Annual Student Research Celebration Poster Presenters
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NHS Student Ambassadors helped out at the event.
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UNC student Xiangyu Zhao performed classical music during the poster presentations.
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Mathematical Sciences graduate student Jonathan Troup presented his research.
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Biological Sciences undergraduate student Elizabeth Maxey conducted her research on the effects of snake venom on human colon cancer cells.
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Dan Stechman, an undergraduate student in Earth Sciences, shared his research that was conducted at the NCAR - Research Aviation Facility.
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NHS Advisory Board member Wes Sargent and his guest listened to Corina Brown describe her research on caffeine and Benzoate in beverages.
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Kelli Johnson, a student in Biological Sciences, shared her research.
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NHS Director of Development Dave Nichols (right) chatted with Sport and Exercise Science graduate student Kevin Shephard.
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Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality majors Justin Holder and Alyssa Reuter conducted research on athletes.
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Sharon Lee Parker, member of the NHS Advisory Board, enjoyed the event.
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Chemistry major Kevin Ryan presented his research findings.
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Mathematical Sciences graduate student David Glassmeyer shared his research with Dr. Susan Keenan, Director of the School of Biological Sciences.
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(l-r) Emily Shroeder and Corrie Groesbeck conducted research on physical activity and preventive health behaviors of college students.
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(l-r) Physics students Connor Jordan, Steven Champion and Travis Day explained their research about optical tweezers.
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Biological Sciences undergraduate student Jerica Lenberg talked about her research with Dr. Ellen Meyer Gregg and Dr. Bob Houser.
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Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student Corina Brown.
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Sport and Exercise Science graduate student Eric Bredahl conducted research on muscle disfunction.
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Gwendolyn Dillman, graduate student in Audiology, explained her research.
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(l-r) Agnes Biegel with NHS Advisory Board members Dr. Judy Richter and Dr. Mary Jo Drew
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Biological Sciences majors Katie Whitehead and Daniel Beverly.
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NHS donors Tom Woodrum and Alice Fadner-Woodrum are regular attendees to the event.
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Stephenie Anderson Dyben, a graduate student in Mathematical Sciences, shared her research on secondary teachers.
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Chemistry major Brian Dauner
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Sport and Exercise Science graduate students Cathy Berei and Kevin Shephard conducted research on teaching English Language Learners.
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Dr. Dick Dietz and NHS Advisory Board member Dr. Paul Lightsey chatted with Physics major Travis Day.
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Biological Sciences student Nadje Najar explained her research on Wood-Warblers.
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Drs. Robert Reinsvold and Dean Allison learned about Linley Miller's math research.
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Lacy Cleveland conducted research on graphic organizers and academic performance among biology students.
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Mathematical Sciences graduate student Robert Raish.
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Biological Sciences student Jonna Leyrer (far right) shared her research on Dopamine receptors.
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Acting Dean Ellen Meyer Gregg provided a brief welcome at the banquet.
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Dr. Teresa McDevitt, Acting Assistant Vice President for Research, spoke about the opportunities that UNC offers in advancing student research.
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Biological Sciences student Jerica Lenberg talked about the benefits of undergraduate research.
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A very animated Emily Schroeder and Corrie Groesbeck spoke about their positive experience of conducting research as graduate students.
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Biological Sciences faculty member Dr. Lauryn Benedict talked about the benefit of faculty mentoring.
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We would like to extend a special thank you to NHS Advisory Board members Wes Sargent and Dr. Mark Wallace who sponsored tables at the banquet on behalf of Guaranty Bank and the North Colorado Health Alliance.
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Eighth Annual Student Research Celebration Speakers and Awardees
(l-r) Dr. Ellen Meyer Gregg, Dr. Lauryn Benedict, Corrie Groesbeck, Emily Schroeder, Jerica Lenberg, Dr. Jerry Suits, Dr. Teresa McDevitt, and Dr. Bob Houser
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