Students Share Research at Statewide Symposium

High Point University SNURCS Group

High Point University SNURCS GroupHIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 27, 2012 – Several students at High Point University recently shared their research at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, held Nov. 17 at Duke University.

Nineteen students presented a total of 18 projects on a variety of topics at the event. Students presenting included:


  • Ellen Barker, who presented “Globalization and Technology: A Mixed Blessing”;


  • Noelle Benach, who presented “Marilyn Monroe: Breaking Social Expectations for Success”;


  • Alicia Berry, who presented Evaluation of an Innovative Program Utilizing School Psychologists to Train Education Majors on Response to Intervention (Rtl)”;


  • Patrick Budd, who presented “Goldwater, Johnson and the election of 1964”;


  • Jessica Coble, who presented “Perceptions of Globalization: How Location and Culture Influence Global Change”;


  • High Point University Student Gavin CoombsGavin Coombs, who presented “Analysis of Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) Nuclear Egress Complex (NEC) in Sf21 Cells”;


  • Aimee Griffith, who presented “Judgments of Learning Study Choices in Preschool Children”;


  • Luke Grome, who presented “Construction of a Tightly Regulated Gene Expression System Using T7 RNA Polymerase”;


  • Jeremy Hopkins, who presented “Models of Masculinity in Hollywood Baseball Movies”;


  • Ameer Patel, who presented “The Unprecedented Communications Battle of 1932”;


  • Natalie Reierson and Garrett Stewart, who presented “Exploring the Efficiency of Apoptosis Inducing Factor NADH Oxidase Activity at Various Cellular Compartmental pH”;


  • Shawn Sloan, who presented “Elucidating the effects of the G12C mutation on the oncogenicity of Ras”;


  • Katie Snyder, who presented “Globalization and Poverty: Clarifications of a Complex Link and Solutions to a Global Issue”;


  • Patricia Suchan, who presented “Originality Died and Made Profit King”;


  • Lindsay Sugarman, who presented “Paradigms of Virtue: The Aesthetic Effect of Florentine Sculpture”;


  • Kelly Vaughn, who presented “Inhibitory Processes in Bilingual Language Comprehension”;


  • Joshua Walston, who presented “A Critical Transition: Why Thomas Jefferson Won the Election of 1800 And Its Lasting Impact,” which he worked on with Jordan Cohen, who was unable to attend the conference; and


  • Joelle Zambrano, who presented “Characterization of Bioactive Molecules from the Shark Epigonal Conditioned Media Exhibiting Activity Against Mammalian Tumor Cell Lines.”

Dr. Joanne Altman, director of undergraduate research and creative works who also attended the Symposium event, says she encourages students to engage in independent scholarly or creative work, which gives them the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and traits future employers or graduate programs seek.

She says students prepare a great deal for the event. In addition to students working with their mentors, Altman works with the students individually, going through practice runs of their presentations.

“I practice individually with some students and organize group practice sessions. I encourage students to work together to critique each other’s work. And of course, I cheer them on as well,” Altman says. “This experience helps make our students more competitive and marketable for their next career step. It’s what makes them stand out among a large pool of other college graduates. Research shows that engaging in creative or scholarly work in college helps students define their career goals, strengthens sell-efficacy, increases the likelihood of pursing graduate work, and leads to greater gains later in life. Engaging in one-on-one projects with faculty mentors helps students build a lifelong academic relationship with a mentor.”

Along with Altman, three other HPU faculty members attended the Symposium, including Dr. Stacy Lipowski, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Paul Ringel, assistant professor of history and Dr. Eric Lewis, visiting assistant professor of biochemistry.

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