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Biology Students Display Posters for Annual PURC Symposium (April 2013)

Photo of Betty Haughn Photo of Saffie JallowPhoto of Sarah Hafner


Biology and Environmental Science students were among students across campus whose research was featured during the Seventh Annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity (PURC) Symposium on Wednesday, 3 April 2013, in the University Center Annex.


Photo of Veronica Robles, Andrew Sutton, Davon Goodwin, and Betty Haughn Photo of Jordan Smink and Armando CoronaPhoto of Kristoffer Wild and Dr. Len Holmes


This year’s symposium was one of the largest, requiring morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate all oral and poster presentations. As in times past, much of the research was financially supported by the PURC Center and mentored by members of the UNCP faculty.


Photo of Davon Goodwin, Dr. Debby Hanmer, Dr. Robert Poage, and Andrew Sutton Photo of Mycah Sewell and Nigel HirthPhoto of Dr. Bill Brandon and Marsalis Smith


Members of the greater UNCP community flocked to the annex to view posters, listen to oral presentations, and talk with students. Snacks and live music gave the symposium a bit of a festive atmosphere.


Photo of musicians Photo of Dr. Scott Hicks and student presenterPhoto of Jordan Smink


Photo of Kristoffer Wild and other students Photo of Prof. Sailaja Vallabha and Dr. Tim Ritter and other poster attendeesPhoto of Dr. Robert Poage


Students who authored or coauthored Biology posters were:


1) Olivia Bullard and Pamela Quizon
2) Armando Corona
3) Indya Evans
4) Olivia Green and Anna Sanford
5) Sarah Hafner
6) Betty Haughn
7) Lloyd Mack, Davon Goodwin, and Andrew Sutton
8) Anna Sanford
9) Mycah Sewell and Nigel Hirth
10) Jordan Smink
11) Jordan Smink and Kristoffer Wild
12) Marsalis Smith, Sarah Hafner, Armando Corona, Jordan Smink, Elizabeth Metzger, Katharine Willoughby, and Olivia Bullard
13) Andrew Sutton
14) Jessica Tulud
15) Kristoffer Wild


Photo of attendees at poster session Poster sessionPoster session


Poster session Poster sessionStudent poster presenters


Awards given in the sciences are listed below:

First Place:

"Development of non-peptidyl small molecules for positive lysosomal modulation and protection against protein accumulation disorders"
Student: Sarah Hafner; Faculty Mentors/Coauthors: Dr. Ben Bahr, Uzoma S. Ikonne, Marsalis Smith, Meagan L. Wisniewski, Dennis J.Hoover, Kishore Viswanathan, Heather Romine, and Dennis L. Wright
Discipline: Biology and Chemistry

Second Place:

"Flexible and Inexpensive Laser Kit for Laboratory-Based Homework"
Student: Ed Derosier; Faculty Mentor: Dr. William Brandon
Discipline: Chemistry and Physics

Honorable Mention:

"Plankton Diversity of Krinshaw Pond"
Student: Anna Sanford; Faculty Mentor: Dr. Patricia Sellers
Discipline: Biology

Honorable Mention:

"Effect of Simulated Microgravity on the Bacterial Characteristics of Nematode symbiont Photorhabdus luminescens"
Student: Matt Bowen; Faculty Mentor/Coauthors: Dr. Len Holmes and Mr. Floyd Inman III
Discipline: Chemistry and Physics


A complete list of awards is available on the PURC website. The program containing a list of all poster and oral presentations is available by clicking here.


Photo of Dr. Lee PhillipsThe PURC Center is governed by the PURC Council, which is headed by Dr. Lee Phillips (pictured to the left) of the Department of Geology and Geography. The Center "supports and promotes inquiry, discovery and creativity in scholarship and the arts through mentored research experiences with faculty and other regional, national and international scholars and professionals."


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