Nine students have received stipends to support research that will be presented at the 2016 North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. The stipends were awarded by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) to students performing undergraduate research in the areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields of study at one of North Carolina’s 36 private, non-profit colleges and universities.
The recipients are:
Jenna Dafgek, an Elon University senior from Tolland, CT majoring in Biology;
Nicole De Naeyer, a Meredith College senior from Pinehurst, NC, majoring in Biology;
Cameron Dixon, a St. Andrews University senior from Garrardstown, WV, majoring in Biology; Georgi Krastev, a St. Andrews University senior from Pinellas Park, Florida, majoring in Biology; Abigail Leonard, an N.C. Wesleyan College senior from Tabor City, NC, majoring in Exercise Science;
Christopher Lile, a Gardner-Webb University senior from Boiling Springs, NC, majoring in Biology and Psychology;
Carmen Mesa, a Guilford College junior from Greensboro, NC majoring in Biology;
Crystal Sarnor, a Chowan University senior from Monrovia, Liberia majoring in Biology; and
Lewis Wrenn Woodard, a Chowan University senior from Pendleton, NC, majoring in Biology.
The symposium, a collaboration between NCICU and the University of North Carolina, showcases NC undergraduate student research and creative work, providing undergraduate scholars in all fields a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art. Participants are required to have a faculty advisor who is willing to mentor the student’s participation in the Symposium.
“The research and creative endeavors of these students is amazing, and in some cases, they result in scientific advances that have significant implications,” said Hope Williams, president of NCICU. “We look forward to seeing the presentations by these grant recipients along with the work of all the nearly 200 NCICU campus participants.”
The 2016 Symposium took place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at N.C. Central University.