Biology

Scholarship on Stage at PURC Symposium

Ethan Sanford presents research posterEthan Sanford of the Biology Department (above) presents
his research (mentored by Dr. Conner Sandefur)

Chancellor Robin Cummings welcomed attendees at this year's 10th Annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (PURC).  The symposium took place on Wednesday, 13 April 2016, in the University Center Annex. 

 Rhonda McFleder and Bob Poage

Chemistry alumna Rhonda Leah McFleder (pictured above with Dr. Bob Poage) was keynote speaker.  Rhonda was a RISE fellow (mentored by Dr. Meredith Storms) at UNC Pembroke before graduating in 2009.  She is now a fifth year candidate in the MD/PhD program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. 

 Tod Frazer Carlisha Hall

Biology students whose research was presented during the afternoon session included Ashley Arcara, Cora Bright, Cristina Clark, Lyndsie Elliott, Tod Fraser, Carlisha Hall, Robbie Juel, Tyler Moore, Cary Mundell, Tamer Oxendine, Kameron Richardson, Ethan Sanford, and Tyler Scoville.  Dr. Ben Bahr and his Alzheimer Disease Research Lab mentored several of this year's research students.

Lyndsie Elliott Tamar, Cristina, Kameron
Bobbi Sampson and Sonda Rogers Robbie Juel 

 Biology undergraduate Zachary Lunn (also member of the Esther G. Maynor Honor's College) gave an oral presentation during the morning session, which featured his work as editorial assistant for Pembroke Magazine. 

Tyler Scoville and companion Zachary Lunn
Zachary Lunn (photo above right)

The PURC Program and the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program funded many of the research projects.  Biology students who are interested in doing undergraduate research should check out the opportunities available by clicking here.

Marisol Santisteban, Meredith Storms, and Timothy Ritter Tamille Rhynes
Natasha Wells and Diane Grant

Click here for a PDF copy of the PURC symposium program (includes research project titles and abstracts).

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