Students display research at PURC

By Grant Merritt
Web Video Editor

Photo by Grant Merritt
Senior Natasha Bacon explains her research poster "Trace Analysis of Drug Residue on Clothing Fibers by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry at the UNC Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposiumon April 13.

At the fifth annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, 128 students from 12 academic departments displayed their academic research and creative projects through poster and oral sessions on April 13 in the UC Annex from 9 a.m. to 3:45 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 Associate Director Dr. Lee Phillips said.

In addition to the presentation of research, there was a competition for each category in the art exhibit; oral presentations; humanities and mass communication; social sciences and business; and science poster sessions.

In the art exhibit, Caitlin McKone won first place for her piece called "A Steampunk Self Portrait," Amber Fillhart won second place for her piece called "Naughty or Nice" and Rachel Johnson won an honorable mention.

"PURC has been helpful to me as a participant and as an artist because I would like to attend a graduate school," McKone said.

"This experience has provided the understanding of the self-research that one has to achieve in a graduate program."

In the poster category for social sciences and business, first place went to Daniel Davis, Stephanie Contestable-Grudier, Elizabeth Metzger and Sara Pack for their research called "A Cross-Cultural Examination of Gender Roles in American Children."

April Sheppard won second place for her poster titled "Dinner's Ready! The Role of Family Meal Times in Later Emotional Eating Behaviors," and an honorable mention went to Nicholas Faulkner, Ashlee Doughty, Jessica Tulud and Chris Williamson.

In the poster session for humanities and mass communication, Karen Spady won first place for her research called "Sympathy for Dracula: Beliefs in Question." Rachel Young won second place for her research called "The Tiger Woods affair: Dichotomy Between Soft and Hard News."

Honorable mentions went to Hannah Simpson and also the team of Lonnie Cox, Tre Howard, Ryan Wise, Kim Stepp and Kimberly Brassard.

In the poster session for sciences, David Blake and Rebecca Panter won first place for their research called "Physical Methods to Induce Changes in Plant Growth and Germination."

Stephanie Edwards won second place for her research called "Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Soil Microorganisms from a Biochar Farm in Bladen County, North Carolina over Three Crop Seasons."

An honorable mention went to Austin Griffin.

In the oral presentations Austin Griffin won first place for his research called "On the Electroluminescent Quantum Energy Relation," and Maria Hockaday won second place for her research called "To Share a Skin: The Truly Tragic Character of Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory."

Honorable mentions went to Jamie Patterson, Nina Bianca Oviedo and Yi Yang.

"PURC was a really good experience," Oviedo said. "It gave me exposure to the type of presentations I'd have to do in the future.

It also gave me practice in how to handle questions from people who are not familiar with my topic."

All first place winners received a $100 UNCP Bookstore gift card, and all second place winners received a $50 UNCP Bookstore gift card, courtesy of Progress Energy.