2015 Undergraduate Research Conference

2015 Undergraduate Research Conference Departmental Winners

Department Name(s) Project Title
Bioinformatics and Genomics Jenna Brown Flexibility Correlation Between Active Site Regions is Conserved Across Four AmpC β-Lactamase Enzymes
Biological Studies Jude Raj
Honorable Mentions:
Joseph Hazel 
Noelle Cornelio
The Role of APE1 in DNA Damage Response to Oxidative Stress
New Compounds for Inhibition of Bacterial Growth
MLL-AF9 Translocations Caused by Common Dietary Compounds in Mouse Hematopoietic Stem Cells and Differentiated Hematopoietic Cell
Chemistry James Mitchell Hyrbid Nanomaterials to Increase Energy Storage for Supercapacitor Applications
Civil and Environmental Engineering Deepika Dave The Leaching Analysis to Sequester and Stabilize the Halides from Waste Water to Create Solids Suitable for Landfill Disposal
Computer Science Mihai Mehedint Building Bridges within the Undergraduate Major in Computer Science
Criminal Justice Rachael Bernard Future Scholars
Economics Gavin Iddings The Impact of Income Inequality on Heart Disease, High School Graduation Rates, and Infant Mortality in the U.S.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Steve Banasik Hit-Pro a High Tech Tennis Racket
Geography and Earth Sciences Jalen Hairston and Ian O'Shaughnesy Long Term Evolution of Tributary Alluvial Fans in the Piedmont of NC: A Case Study in Redlair Plant Preserve
GIAS McKenzie Linden Conceptualizing the Rule of Law in Projects of International Development
History Hannah Hicks “Whispers Shall Comfort Us Out of the Dark”: Popular British Spiritualism in the Wake of World War I
Kinesiology Andrew Miller Training and Skill Maintenance for Respiratory Therapists who Perform Endotracheal Intubation
Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Joseph Huson Intermediate Product Induced VLS Growth for 1D Nanostructures
Physics and Optical Science Gage Leighton
Honorable Mention: Daniel Godfrey
Environmental Effects on the Folding and DNA-binding of the Primary DNA Recognition Subdomain of the Sleeping Beauty Transposase
MOS1 transposase thermodynamic stability and flexibility
Political Science Max Yochum Sexism and Feminism's Effect on Anger- A Study in Gender
Psychology Meagan Padro Linking Seductive Details and the Isolation Effect
Reading and Elementary Education Katie Waldroup Kannapolis: Mill Town to Research Campus
Religious Studies Casey Aldridge Defining God and Rape Culture in Genesis 3 and II Samuel 13
Software and Information Systems Honorable Mention: Tre Norris Evaluation of the Online Social Connectedness Tool
Theatre Codara Bracy Arts Integration

2015 Atkins Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Atkins Award Category Project Title
Arts/Architecture/Humanities
Hannah Hicks "Whispers Shall Comfort Us Out of the Dark": Popular British Spiritualism in the Wake of World War I
Biological Sciences/Health Sciences
Joshua Fisk Effects of Coal Ash on the Lysosomal and Cellular Membrane Stability of Corbicula Flumine
Math/Computer Sciences
Tre Norris and Evodie Kayembe (as Second Author) Evaluation of the Online Social Connectedness Tool
Physical sciences/engineering
James Mitchell Hybrid Nanomaterials to Increase Energy Storage for Supercapacitor Applications
Social Sciences/Education
Kristina Drye Mapping Peace Processes in the Former Yugoslavia: Creating a Peace Process Framework

Honors College Awards

Category Name Project Title
Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts, Education Hannah Hicks (Honors in History) "Whispers Shall Comfort Us Out of the Dark": Popular British Spiritualism in the Wake of WW1
Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts, Education Honorable Mention: Meagan Padro (Honors in Psychology) Linking Seductive Details and the Isolation Effect
STEM Bailey Allen (Levine Scholars Program) Testing Combination Therapy in Pancreatic and Breast Cancer Cell Lines
STEM Jaden Barney (Levine Scholars Program) Phase Contrast and Micro-CT Imaging: Design and Fabrication of a Mechanical Actuator for Phase Control of an Xray Interferometer
STEM Honorable Mention: Heidi Cope (Honors in Biology and Levine Scholars Program)  Investigating the Role of TnC in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
STEM Honorable Mention: Ashley Lea (Honors in Athletic Training and University Honors Program)  Therapeutic Massage in the Treatment of Chronic Ankle Instability
STEM Honorable Mention: Sarah Whitmire (Levine Scholars Program)  Blood Pressure Responses Following an Isometric Exercise Training Program in a Population of Homeless Women