2016 Undergraduate Research Conference

2016 Undergraduate Research Conference Departmental Winners

DepartmentName(s)Project Title
ArchitectureIsabel FeeStory Board: A Design-Build Model for Engaging Seniors in Long-Term Care Reform
Biology & BioinformaticsJenna BrownComparisons of Class-C AmpC β-Lactamases
Business Info Systems & Operations ManagementChristian LangWhy Stocks Move
ChemistryTim Eldred
Honorable Mentions:
Amanda Reid
Mohamed Saeed
Emily Schmidt
Synthesis, Characterization and Optimization of Novel Nanostructures for Water Purification


Malimide Based Bioconjugation Through Free Thoil Groups of Biomolecules
Reconfigurable Plasmonics: Tuning of Surface Plasmon Resonance in Gold Nanoparticle Thin Films
Nanostructured Carbon for Use in Water Purification

Communication StudiesTynaiza WhitakerThe Ongoing Identity Appeal and Evolution of the Birther Movement
Criminal Justice and CriminologyMarley PritchardFinancial Exploitation
Electrical Engineering TechnologyDaniel WatsonInnovate Antenna Designs and Unique Applications for Radio Frequency Energy Harvesting
English/Department of Global, International, and Area StudiesKenia RiosConstructs of Relatability in Refugee Literature Intended for Young Audiences as Demonstrated in The Other Side of Truth
Geography and Earth SciencesKelly O’Connor
Honorable Mentions:
Rashid Clifton
Whitney King
Tactual Mapping with the Emergence of 3D Technologies


Watershed Mapping: An Alternative Stream Flow Measurement Tool
Occurrences of Microplastic in An Urban Piedmont Stream

HistoryJack GrovesThe Jew as a Sorcerer: An Aesthetic Exegesis in the Medieval Period
KinesiologyDeanna Gravely
Honorable Mentions:
Ying Zhang
Charley Starnes
Casey Bruce
Lean Methodologies Impacting Respiratory Care Services


How does ECMO work for ARDS patient comparison between VIDNAT Medical Center and other national institutions?
Evaluation of the Benefits of Phase III (Maintenance) Pulmonary Rehabilitation of Participants Healthcare Quality of Life
H-reflex and the Rate of Torque Development in the Soleus

Languages and Culture StudiesEileen JakewayThe Life and Works of Gabrielle de Coignard
Mechanical Engineering and Engineering ScienceWilliam HolmbergTeam 3 Junior Design Project
Middle, Secondary and K-12 EducationAlexis JamesBuilding Community Through Project Based Learning
NursingKarley EdwardsWound Care Management
Physics and Optical SciencePatrick Reinbold
Honorable Mention: Gage Leighton
Incorporating Self-adapting Mechanisms to Improve Performance in Random Search Methods
The Effect of Residue Mutation on Protein Stability: Providing Mechanistic Insight into SB Transposition
Political ScienceEmily GrassettThe Rebel Party – Political Implications of Rebel Funding
PsychologyRebecca BlanchardThe Fear of Self-Compassion
Public HealthMegan WoodyAnalyzing the Effectiveness of a Chronic Disease & Primary Care Access Program
Reading and Elementary EducationErica GikoThe Lone Star: Liberia
Religious StudiesJarred Batchelor HamiltonVézelay and St. Bernard’s Defense of Christendom
SociologyQuinn Barnette
Honorable Mention: Sarah Roberson
Social Determinants of HIV Transmission: A Cross-Cultural Analysis
India’s Water Issue

2016 Atkins Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Atkins Award CategoryProject TitleFaculty AdvisorDepartment
Eileen JakewayThe Life and Works of Gabrielle de CoignardAllison StedmanLanguages and Culture Studies
Biological Sciences/Health Sciences   
Daniel SmithThe Effects of PolyDOTs on the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea VirginicaAmy RingwoodBiology
Physical sciences/engineering   
Kelly O’ConnorTactual Mapping with the Emergence of 3D TechnologiesElizabeth DelmelleGeography & Earth Sciences
Whitney KingOccurrences of Microplastic in an Urban Piedmont StreamSandra ClintonGeography & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences/Education   
Sarah RiegelImplications of Gender Gaps in EducationMalin PereiraEnglish

2016 Honors College Winners

STEMKathryn Long
Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, EducationOsly Galobardi
Honorable Mention: Leanne Barry
Interdisciplinary StudySarah Riegel

2016 Sustainability Winners

1st PLACE:Tyler GilkersonThe Relationship Between Groundwater Salinity and Biogeochemical Methane Generation in Coal Beds
2nd PLACE:Megan Woody, Billy Johnson, Timothy Eldred, and Emily SchmidtAbsorption of NOM to Different Absorption Materials