HPU Hosts 800 Visitors for Statewide Research Symposium

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 16, 2015 – High Point University undergraduates and students from 40 colleges, universities and high schools across the state presented research at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium. HPU hosted more than 800 students and faculty for the event on Nov. 14.

SNURCS 2The symposium is one of many events bringing thousands of visitors to campus this fall and making a significant economic impact on the city of High Point. This event had an economic impact of $78,000, according to the High Point Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

“It’s a pleasure to host so many future scientists, artists, scholars and faculty mentors on the campus of HPU,” says Dr. Joanne Altman, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works. “This event truly showcases the importance of undergraduate research and the role research plays in a student’s academic development. Participating in this event provides skills that will benefit them throughout their careers.”

Noah Coates, a sophomore biology major, was one of 10 students awarded a George Barthalmus Undergraduate Research Grant to conduct his own original research over the next year. He will present the results of his study, “Psychological Benefits of Narrative Medicine on Older Adults,” at the 2016 symposium.

In total, 47 HPU students shared findings from their research projects at this year’s event:

Oral Presentation:

  • Gabrielle Hayes, microbiology, “Synergy Between Manuka Honey and Linezolid Against Staphylococcus aureus”
  • Calla Telzrow, chemistry, “Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis and Antimicrobial Assessment of a Plant-Derived Cyclic Peptide”
  • Alan Vasquez Soto, astrophysics, “There and Back Again: The Disappearing Pulsations of CS 1246”

    HPU student Shane Gregory presents his research on bacterial antibiotic resistance.

    HPU student Shane Gregory presents his research on bacterial antibiotic resistance.

  • Mary Pruitt and Taylor Daniel, visual arts, “From Beginner to Innovator: A Beekeeper’s Journey”
  • Nicole Wright, microbiology, “Combinatorial Effects of Antibiotics and Manuka Honey on Escherichia coli”
  • Jessie Drew, English, “The Effects of Narrative Medicine on Anxiety”
  • Julie Dixon, business, “The Impact of Internal and External Factors on Service Firm Productivity”
  • Mary Clare McGinn, biology, “Effects of Various Algal Food Sources on Cyclopoida”
  • James Rager, anatomy and physiology, “Effects of 17-Beta-Estradiol on Bone Development and Ossification in Danio rerio”
  • Hannah Shaheen, biology, “DOC Effects on Daphnia magna”
  • Michael Heslink, English literature, “The Third Turn of the Screw”
  • Mollie McKinley, English literature, “Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus and the Limits of the Self”
  • Jacqueline Cafasso, political science, “Shift in Ideology and Public Policy Effects”


  • Lauren Mantikas, anatomy and physiology, “Concurrent Validity of Maximal Jump Height Measurements of Clinical, Wearable, and Research-grade Instrumentation”
  • Sarah Colbert, chemistry, “Novel Patterning Techniques of Vapor-Deposited Au Thin Films onto Polymeric Substrates”
  • Matthew Beck, biochemistry, “Role of Rac1 on Cell Migration in ATM Deficient Cells”
  • Rebecca Ulrich, biochemistry, “Probing the Structure-Activity Relationship of Escherichia Coli Extracellular Death Factor”
  • Riccardo De Cataldo and Kaitlyn Griffith, chemistry, “3-Dimensional Modeling and Printing of Electron Orbitals”
  • Matthew Carnaghi, physics, “Synthesis of Nickel Tubes for use in Biomimetic Cilia Arrays”
  • Catherine Bakewell, English, “Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas: A Turning Point in English Drama”
  • Samia Ladner, biology, “Excess Power Index: A Sexual Dimorphic Trait in Bees”
  • Ryan Casey, biochemistry, “The Effects of ATM-mediated Reactive Oxygen Species Generation on Cell Migration”
  • Jennifer Marshall, chemistry, “Functionality of the Osteocalcin Disulfide Bond”
  • Christina Honeycutt, special education, “How Do Commonly Measured Reading Related Constructs Correlate in a Sample of Struggling Readers?”
  • Helen Barker and Ariel Hodges, psychology, “Studying Executive Function in a Lemur”
  • Eugene Filik, physics, “A Pulsar with a Long Orbit- The 12th Double Neutron Star System”
  • Nicole Clark, biology, “The Investigation of the Transcription Regulator GerE in Clostridium Species”
  • Maria Trujillo, biology, “Mapping the Sorting Signals of the Cytoplasmic Domain of Atg27”
  • Jamie Schnuck, biochemistry, “Characterization of the Metabolic Effect of Beta–Alanine on Markers of Oxidative Metabolism and Mitochondrial Biogenesis in Skeletal Muscle”
  • Hunter D’Abundo, psychology, “Relationships Between Personality and Perfectionism”
  • Richard Gregory and Kelly Knutson, biology, “Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance: An Ongoing Battle”
  • Maria Valverde, microbiology, “In Vitro Analysis of Transcription Repression by GerE during Sporulation in Bacillus subtilis”
  • Maxwell Maurer, physics, “Agarose as a Mucus Simulant For Use In a Biomimetic Cilia System”
  • Tyler Wilson, microbiology, “Synergistic Effects of Amoxapine and Betalactam Antibiotics Against MRSA”
  • Hillary Wilson, biology, “Exploring Methods in Art-Driven Science Outreach”
  • William Shaw, biochemistry, “Importance of Specific Amino Acids on the E. coli MazEF Toxin-antitoxin System”
  • Erin Monahan, psychology, “Relationships Between Childhood Trauma, Disordered Eating, and Self-Esteem”
  • Kendall Fallon, genetics, “Identifying Dog Breeds”
  • Edem Dzotefe, biology, “The Interactions of Antimicrobial Therapeutics with Disulfiram, a Commonly Prescribed Medication”
  • Melissa Savas, exercise science, “The Relationship Between Xbox Gaming Performance and Physical Function”
  • Hallie Stidham and Jacob Brooks, physics, “HPU’s Chip ‘n’ Ship and NASA Micro-g NExT Program Experience”
  • Josiah Howard, biology, “Finding Synergistic Interactions between Tacrine and Antibiotics”
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