Undergraduate Research Conference 2021

Department of BiologY Awards

The UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Research Conference 2021 was held virtually on April 15-16, 2021. Many of our Undergraduate students presented their research and, as in past years, were recognized with awards. Many thanks to students, mentors and judges that made this event a success. In particular, the service of the judges from our department is truly appreciated: Thank you to Kausik Chakrabarti, Kristen Funk, Sam Suptela, Brittany Johnson, Aaron Kampe, Matthew Parrow, Adam Reitzel, Andy Truman, Ellen Wisner, and Shan Yan. Additionally, the role of graduate students Katherine Holtzman and Nitika in evaluating student’s contributions and/or leading Q&A sessions is also recognized.

Honors College

Award CategoryAward WinnerProject TitleFaculty Advisor
STEMEnosh IshmanIdentifying Collateral Sensitivity Networks and Associated Genetic Markers in Burkholderia SpeciesDr. Todd Steck

Disciplinary Theme Winners

Award CategoryAward WinnerProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Science, Technology, & Engineering – Poster AwardBrianna Dickens – TIEPro-Angiogenic Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Subtypes and Breast Cancer ProgressionDr. Didier Dréau

Sustainability Award

Award WinnerProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Aashiana PatelMacrobenthos Communities in Natural and Restored SaltmarshesDr. Paola López-Duarte

Biological Sciences Awards

Award CategoryAward WinnerProject TitleFaculty Advisor
Oral Presentation 1st placeRachel SielatyBioflavonoid Induced Oxidative Stress as reported by DHEDr. Christine Richardson
Oral Presentation Honorable MentionLizbeth SaaUnderstanding the Role of Farnesylation on Ydj1 FunctionDr. Andrew Truman
Poster Presentation 1st placeKathryn BrinegarFeeding and Habitat Use of Marsh-Dependent FishDr. Paola López-Duarte
Poster Presentation Honorable MentionCourtney ShraderUnderstanding the Role and Regulation of Ydj1 AcetylationDr. Andrew Truman
Poster Presentation Honorable MentionRebecca LuceroComparison of Arthropod Biodiversity Within Different Locations in Reference and Restored MarshesDr. Paola López-Duarte