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Students present research at PURC

By Noah Clark
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April 19, 2012


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Bill Stanley (left), Anna Sanford and Jeremy Vargas study one of the many posters at the PURC Symposium on April 20.

At the sixth annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, 107 students and 48 faculty mentors representing 18 academic departments displayed research and creative projects through posters and oral presentations on April 20 in the UC Annex from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"The mission of PURC is to stimulate, support and promote inquiry, discovery and creativity in scholarship and the arts through mentored research experiences with faculty and other regional, national and international scholars and professionals," PURC Director Dr. Lee Phillips said.

Topics ranged from biodiesel production and the cost of joint replacement to a number of posters covering apocalyptic literature and themes found in the New York Times bestseller "The Hunger Games."

Inspired by the 125th anniversary Jeremy Vargas and Bill Stanley created a 3D historical model of UNCP's growth over the last 125 years. Their poster highlighted key moments in the school's history, showing the school in 1887, 1953 and 1987.

There was a competition, with prizes for the first and second place finishers, in five different categories which included: art exhibit; social sciences and business; oral presentations; humanities and mass communication; and science.

In the art exhibit Reilley Thayer won first place for her "Traditional Etchings from Rembrandt's Methods," and Lingam James placed second for his piece called "Smashing Atoms."

Pamela Hughes took home first prize in the social sciences and business division for her poster called "Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Lateral Collateral Ligament and Biceps Femoris Rupture of a Collegiate Football Player: A Case Study" and ThanhNha Nguyen won second place for "How About Dessert First? The Relationship Between Taste and Judgments of Others."

The oral presentations saw Tank Steiner place first for his presentation titled "Rethinking ESL Tutoring Strategies: Lessons from Germany," and Jacob Nicholas earned second for "Joint Replacement and its Associated Costs."

In the poster session for humanities and mass communication Amelia Philbrook took first place for her research called 'The Sin Eaters' and 'The Shawl' as test cases for Apocalyptic Holocaust Literature," and Jeremy Salzer won second place.

Austin Griffin and Nathan Riddell placed first in the science category for the poster titled "Size Distribution and Bandgap Energy Calculations of Quantum Dots Based on Fluorescence and Transmission Electron Microscopy," and second place went to Anna Sanford and Darryl Mott.

The Symposium featured two guest speakers to open and close the day.

Dr. Mark Moore, associate dean for Student Af- fairs and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Pharmacy Admissions at Campbell University, spoke to students about how to differentiate themselves from others on the job market.

Research is one of those ways because it shows that you take time to contribute, Dr. Moore said.

Keynote speaker Dr. Thurston Briscoe, vice president of programming and production of WBGO JAZZ 88 in Newark, N.J., talked about using audio and video in blogs to enhance presentations.

Briscoe challenged students to "think about how to use the technology available to share your ideas."

Students enjoyed the day because of the knowledge they gained.

It's been a good experience. It gave me a better perspective to learn more in-depth, senior Kennedy White said.

First place winners received a $100 gift card to the UNCP bookstore and second place winners received a $50 gift card courtesy of Progress Energy.

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