Colleges, universities and community colleges in North Carolina host a symposium each year to showcase NC undergraduate student research and creative work. The State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) provides undergraduate scholars in all fields a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances, and works of art. More than 800 students are expected to participle in the event which will be held this year on November 23 at Duke University.
Eight students from North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) have been awarded $375 stipends to support the research that they will showcase at the symposium.
The students and their research projects are:
Matthew Arnold, Catawba College: Assessing the Validity of the Manchester United (ManU) Fitness Tess on Cardiovascular Fitness in Female Collegiate Soccer Players
Jeremy Brown, Guilford College: Efficacy of combined ultrasonic/antibiotic treatment for removal of complex biofilms from medical implant plastics
Nathan Grinalds, High Point University: Photophysical Characterization of Novel Fluorescent Dimers and their Applications in FRET
Skadi Kylander, Chowan University: Breeding and Nesting Habits of Prothonotary Warblers in Hertford County and Dare County, North Carolina
Ka’shawn Robertson, Saint Augustine’s University: Isolation and Identification of Plant Cofactor-Linked RNAs
Anna Savelyeva, Duke University: The role of KDM2B in Ionizing Radiation
Annika Sharma, Duke University: Oxytocin Receptor Antagonist Effects on Pair-bonding in Eulemur
Cailin Warner, Montreat College: American Alligator Diets in Coastal Freshwater Systems
“We are pleased to reward the intellect and creativity demonstrated by these undergraduate students,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “Each year we get to witness the passion and resourcefulness that could lead to game-changing research.”
In addition, two students from NCICU campuses are among five who have received the symposium’s highest honor, the 2019-20 Barthalmus Research Award –a monetary award given to a sophomore. George T. Barthalmus was the driving force behind the creation of the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. The awards are designed to assist students with development and engagement in undergraduate research.
The recipients are Rishi Dasgupta of Duke University and Alexis Williamson of Chowan University.