BOONE, N.C. — The 21st Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors hosted by the Office of Student Research at Appalachian State University was held April 19, with over 176 abstracts submitted for the event. Students had the opportunity to submit their poster to a competition that is reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of Appalachian faculty members.
A total of 176 posters were presented at the event, and the top 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate posters were then selected to be presented in front of a panel of judges. Of those submissions, the top three finalists in each group received awards.
The top three winners in the undergraduate student category were Carmen Montero ’18, of Alpharetta, Georgia, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in biology; Morgan Baker, a senior geology and recreation management double major from Palmyra, Virginia; and Jacob Dorsett, a senior geology major from Monroe.
“This is a great event to learn about the many different research and creative activities that occur on this campus. The faculty do such a great job engaging and mentoring students, and our students are simply amazing!”
Dr. Becki Battista, interim director of the Office of Student Research
In the graduate student category, students Adam Willits, of Apex, Heather Guy, who is from the United Kingdom, and Lauren Anderson, of Lowell, were the top three winners. Both Guy and Anderson are in Appalachian’s Master of Arts in geography program, and Willits is pursuing a Master of Science in biology.
Students representing a variety of majors in Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences — including those offered by the Department of Biology, the Department of Geography and Planning and the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences — presented 119 of the 176 total posters.
Dr. Neva J. Specht, dean of Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences, said, “It’s so impressive to see the number of students involved in undergraduate and graduate research from the college, but more importantly, the quality. It’s great that these collaborative efforts from our students with their faculty mentors can be recognized publicly through the Student Research and Creative Endeavors celebration.”
Top three winners in undergraduate student category
Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
Faculty mentor: Dr. Darren Seals, Department of Biology
Poster: A small scale screen of nutraceutical compounds that affect the invasive properties of cancer cells
Hometown: Palmyra, Virginia
Faculty mentor: Dr. Gabriele Casale, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Poster: Determining the annealing curve of radiation halos in quartz grains through heating experiments
Faculty mentor: Dr. Scott Marshall, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Poster: Where is the southern end of the San Andreas Fault? A Physics-based modeling study
Top three winners in graduate student category
Faculty mentor: Dr. Andrew Bellemer, Department of Biology
Poster: The Roles of Cellular Signaling Pathways in Regulating Nociceptive Behavior in Drosophila
Home country: United Kingdom
Faculty mentor: Dr. Baker Perry, Department of Geography and Planning
Poster: Subseasonal variations of stable water isotopes in tropical Andean Precipitation
Faculty mentor: Dr. Maggie Sugg, Department of Geography and Planning
Poster: An Assessment of Wildfire Vulnerability in Western North Carolina, USA following the 2016 Wildfires
About Student Research at Appalachian
Appalachian encourages student research, which gives the opportunity to work side by side with professors on meaningful research or creative endeavors and then present findings at regional, national and international conferences. Students who understand how discoveries are made in their chosen fields are well prepared to address the unsolved problems of the future. The Office of Student Research (OSR) was established in 2005 to expand the opportunities, including financial support, for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research and mentored scholarship at Appalachian. Learn more at http://osr.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.