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Undergraduate students participate in national research conference

BOONE—Twenty-nine undergraduate students from Appalachian State University presented their work at the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held in La Crosse, Wis., April 11-12.

View larger imageAmong the 29 Appalachian State University students presenting their work at the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research held in La Crosse, Wis., were (left to right) Laura St. Pierre, Christina Adams, Hadi Morrow and Shea Comadoll. Photo credit: Dr. Mark Zrull (Psychology, NCUR Trip Coordinator)

Disciplines represented by the student researchers were anthropology, biology, chemistry, history, music, physics and astronomy, psychology, religious studies, interior design and theater and dance.

“This is the second year in a row that Appalachian has had this large a number of students present their research and creative endeavors at this prestigious national meeting. As a result, the students and their faculty mentors should be recognized for their scholarly endeavors,” said Alan Utter, director of Appalachian’s Office of Student Research.

This year’s presenters at NCUR were: Christina Adam, psychology; Alexander Alberti, music; Meredith Anderson, music; Lucy Ballard, religious studies; Angela Chang, physics; Dana Cobb, neuroscience; Shea Comadoll, biochemistry; Miranda Cook, biochemistry; Corbin Ester, chemistry; Christopher Eubanks, chemistry; Austyn French, neuroscience; Amanda Hastings, biology; Barbara Hobbs, chemistry; Carys Kunze, music; Michael Link, chemistry; Alyssa Littlefield, neuroscience; Emily Long, history; Colin McCurry and Laura St. Pierre, psychology; Hadi Morrow, chemistry; Trevor Nelson, music; Caroline Noel, anthropology and archeology; Elizabeth Payment, theatre and dance; Brady Pearce, biochemistry; Mariam Pippin, chemistry; Molly Reid, music; Alison Rossi, neuroscience; Kaitlin Rzasa, chemistry; and Kelly Welch, psychology.

The NCUR began at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1987 to encourage undergraduate research and creativity in partnership with faculty or other mentors. More than 400 participants attended the first conference, which now hosts about 2,000 participants each year to present their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts and performances. A different college or university hosts the event each year.

For more information about student research at Appalachian, visit the Office of Student Research at For more information about the NCUR, visit