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Students present research at 29th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research

BOONE—Thirty-seven undergraduate students presented at the 29th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at Eastern Washington University, April 16-18.

The group of students presented research in 18 subject areas through oral presentations or by presenting a research poster.

View larger imageWater sources such as this one were involved in a research project titled “Impacts of Urbanization on the Flow of Appalachian Mountain Streams” by Rebecca Long. She was one of 37 Appalachian State University students who presented at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. (Photo by Marie Freeman)

Students who presented and their areas of research are: Laura Arevalo-Gallego, music; Elisabeth Artz, neuroscience; Madison Bergstedt, religious studies and music performance; Grayson Bodenheimer, sociology; Cameron Brown, psychology; Anne Carpenter, education; Brian Clee, computer science; Alaina Doyle, religious studies; Kraig Esswein, biology; Christopher Fuller, environmental studies and sciences; David Francis, music; Samuel Fritz, physiology; Victoria Howerton, diversity studies; Michael Jenkins, English; Hannah Johnson, psychology; Brandon Lee, economics; Emily Stewart Long, history; Rebecca Long, geography and earth sciences; Hannah Malcolm, history; Colin Moore, music; Russel Nasrallah, chemistry; Frank O’Neill, chemistry; Jacob Pawlik, chemistry; Christopher Pawlyszyn, physics; Lindsay Preston, chemistry; Krista Region, chemistry; Danielle Russell, chemistry; Dianne Scardino, diversity studies; Tyler Stark, music; Justine Stocks, chemistry; Nicole Tipton, chemistry; Mitchell Townley, music; Shannon Trudeau, communications; and David Wilson, music.

“Our students simply did an outstanding job and represented Appalachian’s research and creative efforts in exemplary fashion,” said Dr. Alan Utter, interim vice provost of research and director of Appalachian’s Office of Research. “Undergraduate research continues to be supported by our faculty and as a result the students and their faculty mentors should be recognized for their scholarly accomplishments.”

Appalachian has been recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research as one of 54 universities and colleges nationwide with a significant number of students’ work accepted for presentation at the NCUR over the last 28 years, Utter said.

The Council on Undergraduate Research organizes the NCUR and is the premiere organization that promotes high-quality faculty-undergraduate collaborative research and scholarly work.

Over the last decade, an average of 25 Appalachian students per year have had their work accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The highest number of selected students was in 2014 when 47 students presented their research, Utter said.

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