High-PURCS digital Awards

– Best Digital Presentation Awards –

How to apply

Each year the office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works offers two $250 monetary awards at HIGH-PURCS:

Best poster presentation

Best oral presentation

Winners are announced at the Opening Remarks the day of the event.

Deadline for submissions will be announced in March.


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Helpful notes for creating a digital version of your presentation

Students creating posters can just send a pdf of their poster. Students doing oral presentations must create a voice-over with their PowerPoint or Prezi. Please make sure your filename includes your name and whether you are submitting a poster or oral presentation. For example: “DigitalOralJAltman”

To create voice with your presentation you can get equipment and assistance at the library or by contacting  I.T.  It isn’t difficult and will only take about 5-10 minutes to set up.  If you want to try it yourself or look at “how to” before seeking help, here is a presentation on adding video and sound to PowerPoint, including a section on recording with a microphone and recording. You can borrow headsets from the library:

Guide to making a PowerPoint presentation with audio

Previous Winners


Best Digital Poster Presentation:
Hannah Lee Dixon

The Mechanism of IB-DNQ-Induced Cell Death in NQO1 Positive BRCA2-Mutant Breast Cancer Cells
Authors: Hannah Lee Dixon, Kristen Brokaw, Kate Hutchinson, Lindsey Palmquist, and Melissa Srougi, High Point University
Mentor: Melissa Srougi, Biochemistry
BRCA2-mutant breast cancer cells with increased expression of NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase-1 (NQO1) undergo futile redox cycling with hydroquinone isobutyl-deoxynyboquinone (IB-DNQ). Treatment of BRCA2-mutant cells with IB-DNQ should cause DNA damage to induce cell death. Co-treatment with poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) inhibitors should potentiate cell death. Co-treatment with NQO1-inhibitor should decrease cell death.

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Best Digital Oral Presentation:
Kyra Gillard

Identification of a pharmacophore capable of potentiating ß-lactam antibiotics in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Author: Kyra Gillard
Mentor: Meghan Blackledge, Chemistry

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections kill over 20,000 people a year and is particularly difficult to treat because it employs virulence behaviors, such as antibiotic resistance. We have identified a class of structurally related tetracyclic amines capable of repotentiating MRSA to common ß-lactam antibiotics.

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Best Digital Poster Presentation:
Riccardo de Cataldo

Do-It-Yourself: 3D Models of Atomic Orbitals Through 3D Printing
Mentor: Keir Fogarty, Chemistry
Electricity is the flow of electrons, which exhibit both wave-like and particle-like behavior. A 3D printer has been used to print tangible models of electron waves, referred to as orbitals. These models can serve as learning instruments to aid understanding of electron behavior.

Best Digital Oral Presentation:
Sarah Edmark

Methylglyoxal Sensitizes Bacillusoleronius To Topical Antibiotics
Mentor: Patrick Vigueira
Rosacea is an inflammatory disease of the skin that affects nearly 16 million people in the United States. Methylglyoxal, an active ingredient found in manuka honey, increased the sensitivity of B.oleronius, a rosacea associated bacteria, to a number of commonly prescribed topical antibiotics.

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Best Digital Poster Presentation:
Matthew Slitzky

17β-estradiol increases the rate of skeletal calcium incorporation during early development in Danio rerio
Authors: Jimmy Rager*, Matt Slitzky, Cailyn Scanlan, High Point University
Mentor: Dr. Neil Coffield and Dr. Angela Bauer, Biology

Estrogen is known to play a significant role in bone development and ossification in mammals. To date, however, little is known about the sex hormone’s role in bone ossification in the zebrafish model, Danio rerio.

Best Digital Oral Presentation:
Gabrielle Hayes

Methylglyoxal Potentiates the Effect of Linezolid Against Staphylococcus aureus
Authors: Gabrielle Hayes, Nicole Wright, Calla Telzrow, Andrew Wommack and Patrick Vigueira, High Point University
Mentor: Dr. Patrick Vigueira, Biology
Antibiotic resistance has become a major public health crisis, with the rise in cases of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other resistant bacterial infections. As a possible solution to increasing rates of antibiotic resistance, we investigated linezolid and methylglyoxal in an attempt to identify synergistic activity.


Best Digital Poster Presentation:
Calla Telzrow

Arthropod Communities in Various Successional Forest Habitats.
Mentor: Dr. Joshua Campbell, Biology
Logging schemes can result in numerous habitats that arthropods utilize. The type of logging and state of succession can result in different arthropod communities. Arthropods play integral roles in ecological balance and utilize logged areas. This project examined the effects of various logging management schemes on insect abundance and diversity.

Best Digital Oral Presentation:
Macaulley Quirk

One Vision: A Guide Dog Documentary
Mentor: Dr. James Trammell, Communications
Over a four-month period I had the pleasure of spending time with Guide Dog puppy raisers; I got to tell their story. The story about how they raise these puppies to provide someone else the freedom to live.

Contact Us

Dr. Joanne Altman, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works

Phone: 336-841-9613