Undergraduate students from across the disciplines presented research posters and oral presentations during the Ninth Annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity (PURC) Symposium. The PURC Symposium was held on Wednesday, 8 April 2015, in the University Annex.
Three biology students took top honors in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) division. Chris Long took first place for his poster, “Enhancement of the Cannabinoid Pathway Provides Protection against Seizure-Related Brain Damage.” Chris was mentored by Dr. Ben Bahr. Zachary Lunn took second place for his poster, “Macrohabitat Selection of Eastern Box Turtles,” as mentored by Dr. John Roe. The third place winner was Mark Anderson, mentored by Dr. Maria Pereira, for his poster, “Establishing a Sustainable Farming Model in Southeastern North Carolina.” For a complete list of winners, click here.
The morning began with greetings from Chancellor Kyle Carter, Dr. Rebecca Bullard-Dillard (Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research), and Dr. Ryan Anderson (Interim Director of the PURC Progrom). The mood was both upbeat and relaxing, as a live jazz band entertained participants. Dr. Andrea Benjamin (Assistant Professor of Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill) gave the keynote address just before a break for box lunches.
Several biology students were on hand to present their research posters, and members of the biology faculty were among the judges and guests. The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program funded many of the research projects, as did the PURC Program.
Students who are interested in doing research with a member of the biology faculty should check out the opportunities available through the PURC Program.
Click here for a PDF copy of the PURC Symposium Program.