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Last week, more than 170 students presented their research at the Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, and nine projects were selected as winners or honorable mentions within two categories.

“Today is a day to celebrate your scholarly accomplishments,” wrote Lee Phillips, director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office, in the event’s welcome message.

In Humanities, Business, Behavioral and Social Science, the winners were:

1st Place:       Elexis Cole and Anna Sizemore, psychology majors mentored by Thanujeni Pathman, for “Autobiographical Memory Narratives and the Developing Brain.”

2nd Place:         Sarah Pittman, an archaeology major mentored by Joanne Murphy, for “Testing Survey Validity and Recreating Site Function in the Kea Archaeological Research Survey.”

3rd Place:         Natalia Husby, a psychology major mentored by Gabriela Stein, for “Examining the Effects of Foreign-Based Discrimination on Academic Motivation of Latino Adolescents.”

Honorable Mention:

Amanda Baeten, a psychology major mentored by Blair Wisco, for “The Association between Co-rumination and Social Anxiety in an Adult Sample.”


In Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, the winners were:

1st Place:          Nadjali Chung, a chemistry and biochemistry major mentored by Nadja  Cech, for “Mass Spectrometry as a Tool to Monitor Bacterial Growth.”

2nd Place:        Cory Henderson, an anthropology and biology major mentored by Charles Egeland, for “Patterns of Hominin Land-Use and Raw Material Procurement in the Paleo-Olduvai Basin, Tanzania.”

3rd Place:         J.D. Manzo and Ashley Sanchez, kinesiology majors mentored by Christopher Rhea, for “Virtual Reality Obstacle Crossing Training for Potential Rehabilitative Advancements.”

Honorable Mentions:

Aaron Wagoner, a biology major mentored by Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell, for “Monitoring Wildlife Biodiversity at Wetland Restoration Sites on the UNCG Campus”

Eni Minerali, a biology major mentored by Kimberly Petersen, for “Asymmetric Synthesis of Enantioenriched Cyclic Compounds.”

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office also recognized Dr. Nadja Cech as the 2017 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award recipient. Cech has mentored more than 80 undergraduate and graduate students since coming to UNCG in 2001. Many of her mentees have received presentation awards at the expo, and she has coauthored research publications with 21 undergraduates.

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