2018 Undergraduate Research Conference

2018 Undergraduate Research Conference Departmental Winners

DepartmentName(s)Project Title
Biological SciencesOral Presentation: Gaith Droby
Poster: Makenzie Postma
Rational Chemovirotherapy Shows Improved Efficacy Against Pancreatic Cancer
Inflammasomes, Fibrosis, and Breast Cancer Progression
Chemistry(Tie) Claire Gates
Kayla Blackburn
Examination of the Activity of a Proposed N-acetylglucosamine Transferase Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography
Water Purification: Reusability Studies of Nanomaterials
Communications Across the CurriculumSarah DavisEvaluating the Impact of Professional Development in CxC
Communication StudiesMaiah DixonNew Orleans Pralines: A Historical, Economic, and Cultural Research Tool
Computer ScienceMatthew McQuaigue & Anna BoekelheideVisualization, Assessment and Analytics in Data Structures Learning Modules
Culture and Language StudiesSarah CrawleyYoung Japanese and Ikebana
EconomicsTaelor MalcolmHousing Instability in Mecklenburg County
EngineeringMichael AjaziReal-Time Prognostics of Power Converters using the Internet of Things
EnglishJenna Hainlen“Now Receive My Word:” Analysis of Rhetoric and Authorship in the FLDS Church
Geography & Earth SciencesBrandon NickersonGeologic Guide to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, Charlotte, NC
Global StudiesAsha CoutrierIs United States Development Aid to the South Pacific Perpetuating Imperialist Cold War Relationships?
HistoryTabitha WoodRepublican Paramilitary Women of the Troubles
Kinesiology(Tie) Ryan Brown
Jordan Sapp
The Effects of Notch Knockdown on Skeletal Muscle
A Multi-Disciplinary Educational Program Regarding the Approach for a Decrease in Antibiotic Exposure in Very-Low Birth Weight Infants
Mathematics and StatisticsSofia ColeEigenvalue Estimates for a Self-Adjoint Differential Operator on an Interval of the Real Line
Middle and Secondary EducationLaura-Caroline HeiderBuilding a Bridge
Physics and Optical ScienceTejas PruthiGold Nanorods as a Sensor for Environment: A Computational Approach
Political Science and Public AdministrationJessica FrancisAn Investigation of Prison Rehabilitation Programs
Psychological SciencesStevie DalrymplePerception of Emojis in Text Messages
Public HealthSeth FlynnEffects of FXIII Val34Leu Polymorphism on Fibrin Diameter and Network Density
Reading and Elementary EducationNatalia MejiaUniversal Design of Learning within Special Education
Religious StudiesSavanna HumphriesExamining the Sexual Politics, Gender Roles, and Power Structures in the Book of Esther
School of NursingLora TalyshkhanovPsychosocial Factors Related to HIV Suppression
School of Social WorkMara Klem-O’ConnorExperience of Homelessness on UNC Charlotte Students
SociologyTerry HowellAir Pollution and Quality of Life in South Korea

2018 Atkins Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Atkins Award CategoryProject TitleFaculty AdvisorDepartment
Jordan CostanzaOf Ravens and Romanticism: the Enduring Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe in American EducationKirk MelnikoffEnglish
Biological Sciences/Health Sciences   
Kristin SmootEndothelial cells, Inflammasomes, and Breast Cancer ProgressionDidier DréauBiology
Mathematics/Computer Science   
Matthew McQuaigueVisualization, Assessment and Analytics in Data Structures Learning ModulesKalpathi SubramanianComputer Science
Physical Science   
Lillian CollinsLikeability of Forest Birds Species to Urban ResidentsSara GagnéGeography and Earth Sciences
Social Sciences/Education   
Kimberly “Paige” BurchardAssessing Elementary Boys’ Interest in Texts Within the Classroom LibraryLori Van WallendaelReading and Elementary Education

2018 community engaged scholarship awards

1st PLACE:Tyler RappSocioecology of Aedes Fever Virus Vectors
2nd PLACE:Lauren-Caroline HeiderBuilding a Bridge

2018 Sustainability Winners

1st PLACE:Kaitlyn Bryan-ScaggsReactive Phosphorus in Reedy Creek, Charlotte, NC
2nd PLACE:Richard MichamGrey Water and How it Will Save Us

2018 Honors College Awards

Humanities AwardKelly BrabecUnmasking the Masochist: The Conception and Impact of Yukio Mishima’s “Confessions of a Mask”
Interdisciplinary Studies AwardAllison Mehta
Rachel Jones
The Influence of Interpersonal Goals on Posttraumatic Growth Outcomes Following Infidelity: Self-Esteem as a Mediator​
Investigating the Role of Global Medical Brigades in Developing Sustainability through Community Engagement
STEM AwardIssac SluderThe Hsp70 Co-chaperone Ydj1/HDJ1 Regulates Ribonucleotide Reductase Activity