BOONE, N.C. — Three undergraduate and three graduate students have been recognized for their research presentations in Appalachian State University’s 22nd Annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors.
“The student presentations at this event are always impressive and often involve ways to solve real-world problems,” said Dr. Rebecca “Becki” Battista, professor in Appalachian’s Department of Health and Exercise Science and interim director of the university’s Office of Student Research (OSR). “It is a great celebration of the hard work of our students and the dedication of our faculty in mentoring these students.”
During the annual event, held on Appalachian’s campus in April and organized by the OSR, undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines present their research and creative activities. The student presentations in this year’s event represented 24 different academic departments and 91 faculty mentors.
This year also marked the 10th anniversary of the event’s Student Poster Competition, in which a panel of faculty reviewers selected the top 10 undergraduate and graduate abstracts from over 100 abstracts. These students then discussed their research with faculty judges during the event’s morning session, after which the top three posters in each category — graduate and undergraduate — were selected.
The top three undergraduate winners:
- Bryson Honeycutt, a sophomore geology major from Alexander.
- Carly Maas, a junior geology major from Greensboro.
- John Stevens IV, a chemistry major from Gonzales, Louisiana.
The top three graduate winners:
- Amelia Bruce, an exercise science graduate student from Taylorsville.
- Liz Derrick, a music therapy graduate student from Little Mountain.
- Tom Hastings, a biology graduate student from Bear, Delaware.
The six student winners received their awards during the afternoon Research Day Awards Ceremony. Additionally, Dr. Maggie Sugg, assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, was named the recipient of the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Excellence Award at the ceremony.
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About student research at Appalachian
Appalachian State University encourages faculty-mentored student research, which provides students with the opportunity to work side by side with faculty on meaningful research or creative endeavors. These projects often result in presentations, performances or exhibitions at regional, national and international conferences and events. Students who engage in research are able to apply knowledge from the classroom into real-world experiences and learn how to problem-solve, effectively communicate and analyze complex issues. Appalachian’s Office of Student Research (OSR) was established in 2005 to expand the opportunities necessary for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research and creative activities at Appalachian. Learn more at https://osr.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The 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 to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.