Undergraduate Research Conference 2024

Honors College

Award CategoryAward WinnersProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Arts & Humanities Katelyn KerrA Revolution Begins In A Million Pink Bedrooms:’ Riot Grrrl and Feminism in the 1990sDr. Jill Massino
InterdisciplinaryJordan RiersonEffective Interventions for Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders in Elementary Classrooms: A Systematic ReviewDr. Kelly Anderson
STEMMary-Kate KeyCytosolic Nucleic Acid Receptor-Mediated Detection of Staphylococcus aureus Contributes to Protective Interferon Responses in Primary Murine OsteoblastsDr. M. Brittany Johnson

Disciplinary Theme Winners

Award CategoryAward WinnersProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Multidisciplinary Presentation AwardAudrey KingUnderstanding How Diverse Demographics Influence the Communication Consultant Experience and Desired Areas for More SupportDr. Heather Bastian
Multidisciplinary Presentation Award Sydney Carmer Histories of New Media: The Contemporary Discourse of Digital ArtsDr. Jae Emerling
Applied Sciences Presentation Award Ian GaoCommunication-aware Multi-Robot CoordinationDr. Wenhao Luo
Applied Sciences Presentation Award Justin LoganImprovement of Machine Learning-Based Predictive Models for Wastewater Treatment Processes Using Time-SeriesDr. Michael Smith
Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences Presentation Award Tashawna WilkinsArts Participation and Future Outlook Among Youth of ColorDr. Vaughn Schmutz
Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences Presentation AwardRae Hallow GordonA Continued Assessment of Mecklenburg County’s Food SystemDr. Nicole Peterson
Sciences Presentation AwardDanielle WatersThe Obesity Epidemic and its Effects on Muscle Repair and Notch SignalingDr. Susan Arthur

Sigma Xi Honor Society STEM Research Award

Award CategoryAward WinnersProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Oral AwardClaire MoneghanBiosynthetic Production of Campylobacter jejuni Sugars in Escherichia coli for Library GenerationDr. Jerry Troutman
Poster AwardSarah NipperCreating the Model Cell Line for Studying Seckel SyndromeDr. Junya Tomida

Community Engaged Research Award

Award CategoryAward WinnersProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Oral AwardMaya DoveAddressing Mental Health in Older Adult MinoritiesDr. Meredith Troutman-Jordan
Poster AwardSofia Hererra AcostaExamining Charlotte’s Latina Mothers Employment Status and Related BarriersDr. Stephanie Potochnick

Sustainability Award

Award WinnersProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Alicia RamirezExamining How to Live Sustainably in the Peruvian AmazonDr. Erik Byker
Grayson BarcinasRegeneration of Desiccant Packets: A Sustainable Approach to Moisture ControlDr. Michael Benjamin

Mu Chapter Phi Beta Delta Honor Society Global Focused Research Award

Award WinnersProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Elisabeth BeckerExploring Cesarean Section Practices: A Comparative Literature Review of South America and the United StatesDr. Melinda Adnot
Cornelia NireanInvestigating and Comparing Sustainable Development Goal #4 in Germany and the United StatesDr. Erik Byker

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Award

Award WinnersProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Nick EberweinPhotocatalytic Applications and Characterization of Perylenequinone DyesDr. Michael Walter
Dhairya DesaiCharacterization of poly(vbTMAC) through Extinction Coefficient and Size at Various Lengths and SolutionsDr. Jordan Poler

Biological Sciences Award

Award CategoryAward WinnerProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Oral Presentation- 1st PlaceKrishna MajithiaRIG-I promotes protective type I interferon production by human glial cells during bacterial meningitisDr. M. Brittany Johnson
Oral Presentation- Honorable MentionElizabeth AbediUnderstanding the Role of Hsp70 Phosphorylation on Cell Integrity Signaling in YeastDr. Andrew Truman
Poster Presentation- 1st PlaceShreya PatelSelective targeting of Ribonucleotide reductase large subunit by Hsp70 PhosphorylationDr. Andrew Truman
Poster Presentation- Honorable MentionShely AcostaNLRP3 Inflammasomes Reduce Macrophage Phagocytosis in Breast CancerDr. Didier Dréau