2017 Undergraduate Research Conference

2017 Undergraduate Research Conference Departmental Winners

Department Name(s) Project Title
Africana Studies Nephdarlie Saint-Cyr Conceptualizing the Denial of Rights as a Form of Violence
Anthropology Luisa Donoso Craft Brewery Industry Impact and Growth in NC
Architecture Bekim Sejdiu Form Making as a Product of Climate and Urban Context
Biological Sciences Oral Presentation: Daniel Smith
Poster: Monserrat Cuevas
The effects of PolyDOTs on the Eastern Oyster, Crassotrea Virginica
Studying the Interplay between Hsp70 and Autophagy
Chemistry Nesreen Elatham Absorption Studies of Divalent, Dinuclear Coordination Complexes as Molecular Spacers on Nanostructure Carbon Materials
Computer Science Michael Ciociola From Eighteen Hours to Two: Bringing Video Tracking to the Masses
Dance Lillian Willis Documenting History: Preserving Korean Dancer Choi Seung-hee’s Legacy
Engineering Brandon Lewis Algal Biofuels: Enhancing Biofuel and Biomass Production via Wastewater Cultivation
Engineering Technology Eric Hamann Ignition of Attic Insulation Foams Subjected to Firebrands
English Rachel West Digital Identity Creation and Representation of Presidential Candidates on Twitter
Geography & Earth Sciences Caroline Richardson & Riley Strickland Almond Farming Effect on Water
Health Sciences Donna Price Participation, Utilization, and Change in Quality of Life for COPD Patients Offered PR to Go, Compared to traditional PR Program
History Casey Aldridge God Save the Queen's Things: Race, Class, and Theologies of Property in the 2016 Charlotte Uprising
Kinesiology Noah Jones Aerosol Therapy during High-flow Humidified Oxygen Therapy
Languages and Culture Studies Caleb Harmon Filial Piety in Japan
Math Renesha Rodriguez Bridge Designing for the Worst of Days
Middle and Secondary Education Geraldine Abinader Support for Hispanic Families for College Access
Nursing David McHenry Does Medication Adherence Increase Survival in Cystic Fibrosis Patients?
Physics and Optical Science Nikita Nikulsin Molecular Dynamic Investigation of the Effects of Choline Phosphate Salts on Trehalose Glass Transition
Political Science Christopher Dong Principals Hiring Preferences in the Age of Accountability
Psychological Sciences Hugo Silva Sex Moderates the Relationship between Emotion Regulation and Fetuin-A
Public Health Megan Woody Analyzing the Effectiveness of a Chronic Disease & Primary Care Access Program
Reading and Elementary Education Kimberly Paige Burchard Assessing Elementary Boys’ Interest in Texts within the Classroom Library
Religious Studies Casey Aldridge Prometheus Bound to Euromarxism: Christ and Exteriority in Latin American Liberation Theology
Sociology Kylie Holloway Water and Sustainability in Ethiopia


2017 Atkins Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Atkins Award Category Project Title Faculty Advisor Department
Thomas Simonson Beyond East and West: The Politics of Representation, Interrogation, and Adaptation in Pamuk's 'My Name Is Red' Juan Meneses English
Biological Sciences/Health Sciences
Henry Weaver Characterization of Plasma Membrane Vesicle to Endosome Fusion in Budding Yeast with the Fluorescently Labeled Endosomal Traffic Richard Chi Biology
Issac Sluder Understanding the Role of the Ydj1/DNAJA1 Co-chaperone Protein Andrew Truman Biology
mathematics/computer science
Michael Ciociola From Eighteen Hours to Two: Bringing Video Tracking to the Masses Min Shin Computer Science
Social Sciences/Education
Kenia Rios Feeling Through Fiction: Exploring the Connection Between Engagement with the Harry Potter Series and Empathy Lori Van Wallendael Psychology
Samantha Tracy Pushing Past Pain Sara Levens Psychology


2017 community engaged scholarship awards

1st PLACE:  Domenica Vargas Youth Basketball Tournament
2nd PLACE:  Hao Djur The Impact of the Charlotte Community Health Clinic


2017 Sustainability Winners

1st PLACE:  James Knoop Synthesis and Characterization of Chalcogenide Capped Trinuclear Nickel Clusters for Superatomic Solids
2nd PLACE: Austin Welch The Florida Everglades: A Threatened Ecosystem