Office of Undergraduate Research SPRING 2014

Undergraduate Research Journal

The new issue of the Undergraduate Research Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, will debut on Spring 2014LEARN MORE

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2014 NCUR Presenters


Kelsey Eickelman

Kelsey’s research centered around the multiple song types of Canyon wrens that vary in factors such as syllable count, note appearance, pitch, length, and frequency.

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Austin Seeley

Austin's thesis explores the resiliency of people who lost their homes in wildfires.

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Ana Caudillo

I am conducting research on the properties of serine proteases in the venom of the Yucatan snake.

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News Brief

Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium:

Last fall, students had an opportunity to submit their research for consideration in the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Six undergraduate students with outstanding caliber of research participated in the Symposium held on November 7 at the University Center.  Three finalists were selected from those who presented in November to represent UNC at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which was held in Louisville, Kentucky in March.

Austin Seeley: “Experiences of Fire Survivors: What Factors Predict Resilience?” Mentor: Dr. Nancy Karlin, Psychology. Selected for NCUR.

Jennifer Wright: “Reconstructing activity patterns at Epidamnus, Albania: Impacts of Greek and Roman colonization” Mentor: Dr. Britney McIlvaine, Anthropology

Kelsey Eickelman: “Individuality in Canyon Wren Birdsong” Mentor: Dr. Lauryn Benedict, Biology. Selected for NCUR.

Carlos Cruz: “Retention and Persistence in Underrepresented Students in Multicultural Greek Life: A Case Study” Mentor: Dr. Gabriel Serna, Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership

Sara Harvey: “The Wren Opon her Nest: Gendering Language in Emily Dickinson’s Master Letters” Mentor: Dr. Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, English

Rachel Stice: “What Fosters a Successful Resident Assistant? A Qualitative Study on Resident Assistant’s Development of Self-Authorship” Mentor: Dr. Matthew Birnbaum, Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership

Ana Caudillo: “Serine Proteases in the venom of the Yucatan Rattlesnake” Mentor: Dr. Stephen Mackessy, Biology. Selected for NCUR.

Interested in participating in this year's Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium?

Applications due September 26, 2014.



Faculty Mentors

mentoring undergraduate students on original research projects.

Josh Packard

Assistant Professor for Sociology

Lyda Ellis

Associate Professor, University Libraries