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URC 2013 Winners Announced

The 2013 Undergraduate Research Conference was held on Friday, April 19th at Atkins Library. In total, 104 students presented their research projects to judges; 43 participated in oral presentations and 61 presented posters. Conference organizers and judges commended all participants for the high quality research represented in the conference.

Twenty-two Departmental Awards were presented for 1st, and in many cases 2nd and third place as well as honorable mention. In the Atkins Library Undergraduate Research Awards, five students were each awarded $1,000 prizes, and numerous students were presented certificates for honorable mention. Dr. Stephen Mosier, retired Vice Chancellor for Research and Federal Relations at UNC Charlotte, presented the Atkins Award named for him, the Stephen Mosier Award for Physical Sciences & Engineering.

“Presenting at a research conference is a great resume item for students,” said Dr. Missy Eppes, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and chair of the conference committee. “It provides wonderful experience in communicating all of the hard work that students have completed. Our winners, and all of the participating students, should be very proud of the projects they presented.”

Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who presented their research work! Our thanks as well to the judges, faculty liaisons, and our keynote speakers - Malin Pereira, Executive Director of the UNC Charlotte Honors College, and Dr. Matt Theado, Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at Gardner-Webb University.

Special thanks goes to the event sponsors: Duke Energy, UNC Charlotte's Charlotte Research Institute, Piedmont-Carolina Section of the American Society of
Mechanical Engineers, and the J.  Murrey Atkins Library


URC 2013 Departmental 1st Place Winners. Click here for a listing of award winners at all levels.

Department Name(s) Project Title
Art & Art History (tie) Allison Scott Uncovering Creativity within Nature: An Arts-Based Educational Inquiry
  Rachel Dressel Orlan, Chris Burden, and Gendered Performance Art
1st year writing Program Lea Arapovic Translations: Same Spirit or New Works?
Global International and Area Studies Andrew Morimoto The Legacy of Loyalty
Music Lanson Wells From Prelude to Charivary: The French Baroque Suite of Marin Marais
Biology Jeffrey Zackeru Comparative Wood Decay Characteristics and Molecular Phylogeny of the Ganoderma lucidumComplex in North Carolina
Kinesiology (tie) Ana Gross Ajuga Turkestanica increases Active Notch and LEF1 in aged skeletal muscle
  Tina Harper Neonatal Protocols for Respiratory Therapists in Community Hospitals
Communication Studies Melissa Medaugh Management Sensegiving Strategies: Effect on Organizational Identity
Computer Science Jeffrey Delawder Information Visualization in the Classroom
Chemistry Dylan Brokaw High throughput microave synthsis and characterization of NiO nanoplatelets for supercapacitor devices
Civil and Environmental Engineering Maria Trejo Precast Geopolymer Cement Concrete Wall Panels for an OffTheGrid Solar House
Geography & Earth Sciences Daniel Cunningham Extending the Time Series of Satellite-Based Lightning Observations
Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science Paul Anderson, Bryan Bridges, Luke Savage Precision Optical Control Apparatus
Physics Nicholas Giglio Infrared Laser Thermal Fusion and Cutting of Blood Vessels
Anthropology Sarah Welch Investigating the Influence of Academic Community on Students' Music Preferences
Criminal Justice Charlene Richa Reintegrating Older Inmates Back into Society 
History Kate Moore "Heart Whole and Fancy Free": Single Women of Mecklenburg County North Carolina 1780-1840
Political Science Taishi Muraoka Racial, Gender Diversities and these Effects on the Organizational Performance of the US House of Representatives
Psychology Jennifer Kandzer Effects of Gender, Contact Quality, & Aging Anxiety on Young Adults' Attitudes & Perceptions of Older Adults
Sociology Jessica Deen Neighborhood Poverty Rates: A Micro Level Examination of Individual’s Access to Preventative Healthcare
Special Education and Child Development Danielle Martin Student Self-Efficacy within Response to Intervention
Honors College Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Kate Moore "Heart Whole and Fancy Free": Single Women of Mecklenburg County North Carolina 1780-1840
Honors College STEM Nicholas Giglio Infrared Laser Thermal Fusion and Cutting of Blood Vessels
2013 URC Departmental Winners
 2013 Undergraduate Research Conference Departmental Winners


2013 URC Atkins Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners
2013 Atkins Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

ATKINS AWARD CATEGORY PROJECT TITLE
Arts/Architecture/Humanities  
WINNER: Elias Still So Help Us God: The Role of Religion in the American Revolution in North Carolina
HONORABLE MENTION:  
Houston Burnette

Rachel Dressel
Encapsulating Time and Space

Orlan, Chris Burden, and Gendered Performance Art
   
Biological Sciences/Health Sciences  
WINNER: Joshua Wheaton Role of RIG-I and RNA Polymerase III in Detection of Neisseria Meningitidis  by Glial Cells
HONORABLE MENTION:  
Matthew Lowder 

Tina Harper
Indicators of Oyster Health for Development of Sustainable Oyster Reefs

Neonatal Protocols for Respiratory Therapists in Community Hospitals
   
Math/Computer Sciences  
WINNER: Lance Rice Full Body Gait analysis with Inexpensive Depth Cameras
   
Social Sciences/Education  
WINNER: Danielle Martin Student Self-Efficacy within Response to Intervention

HONORABLE MENTION:
 
Taishi Muraoka


Sarah Welch


Joshua Rivera
Racial, Gender Diversities and these Effects on the Organizational Performance of the US House of Representatives

Investigating the Influence of Academic Community on Students' Music Preferences

I Could Have, So I Should Have: A Study on Control and Regret
   
Stephen Mosier Award in Physical Sciences  
WINNER: Christina Martinez Synthesis and Enzymatic Characterization of Novel Photoactive Substrate Analogues of Undecaprenyl Pyrophosphate Synthase
HONORABLE MENTION:  
Joseph Hazel


Dylan Brokaw
Investigation of the Capsule Polysaccharide Expression Pathway of Vibrio Vulnificus

High Throughput Microwave Synthesis and Characterization of NiO Nanoplatelets for Supercapacitor Devices
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