Congratulations to Top Research Presenters

Every year, the Office of Undergraduate Research invites NC State students from all disciplines to present their unique research at the Annual Spring Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. Each year a large percentage of those students are University Scholars, and we are really excited to announce the results of this year’s judging.

We are pleased to congratulate our top presenters at the 2018 NC State University Annual Spring Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. These students elected to have their presentations evaluated and judged. Below is a list of presenters that were selected as the best of the event.

  • Nicholas Biondo – College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Animal Science, mentored by Belinda Akpa
    • Project Title: What physicochemical properties are good predictors of drug sequestration? An investigation in support of lipid resuscitation.
  • Micki Brown  – College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Psychology, mentored by Elan Hope
    • Project Title: Evaluating Relationships between Delinquency and Anxiety, Depression and Stress in Black Adolescents.
  • Alexa DeFalco – College of Education, Elementary Education, mentored by DeLeon Gray
    • Project Title: Impact of Teachers Motivational Instructional Strategies on Student Engagement.
  • Rahul Kathard – College of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, mentored by Ashley Brown
    • Project Title: Analysis of Fibroblast Traction Forces on Thin Films.
  • Leah Jamison – College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Food Science, mentored by Gabriel Harris
    • Project Title: Cocoa Butter Phospholipids in Dark Chocolate.
  • Kimberly Ha – Agriculture & Life Sciences, Bioprocessing Science, mentored by John Sheppard
    • Project Title: Analytical Comparison of Optimized Conditions for Yeast Fermentation to Create a Kombucha-Like Product versus Traditional SCOBY Fermented Kombucha.
  • Cassidy Whisnant – Agriculture & Life Sciences, Bioprocessing Science, mentored by John Sheppard
    • Project Title: Analytical Comparison of Optimized Conditions for Yeast Fermentation to Create a Kombucha-Like Product versus Traditional SCOBY Fermented Kombucha.
  • Catie Mason – College of Sciences, Neurobiology, mentored by Leslie Sombers
    • Project Title: Real-Time Striatal Measurements of Oxidative Stress and Dopamine in the Dyskinetic Rat During Chronic L-DOPA Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.

To learn more about how you can get involved in the many excited undergraduate research opportunities on our campus, be sure to check out the Office of Undergraduate Research website.

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