Undergraduate Research Program Has Successful Year

The 2014-15 academic year is proving to be an eventful one for the Undergraduate Research Program (URP). The program has set its standards high in light of last year’s positive outcomes, which included the award of 24 research and travel grants, approval of 99 abstract submissions for Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day in April, 2014, and 34 proposal submissions for 2014 summer research grants. This year the URP Taste of Research (our fall symposium) had 26 students presenting 24 poster presentations. This was an increase from fall 2013 when 19 students presented 17 poster presentations.

In addition to the increasing interest and involvement in student research, two of our URP grant recipients received awards for poster presentations at National Conferences this fall. Lindsay Parlberg, a senior and Meredith’s first degree candidate in public health, won the Southern Demographic Association Undergraduate Paper Award for her presentation “The Continuum of Care and Early Initiation of Breastfeeding for Women in Africa and Asia.” She presented her poster at the Southern Demographic Association Annual 2014 Meeting in Memphis, Tenn., Oct 15-17. Elizabeth Marshall, a senior biology major who plans to attend medical school,  won second place in Undergraduate Poster Presentation competition for her work titled “Effects of Spaceflight on the L5 Vertebra in Mice Flown on Space Shuttle Flight STS-118 with Myostatin-Activin Inhibitor Countermeasure.” She presented this poster at the American Society of Gravitational and Space Research Annual Conference on October 22-26 in Pasadena, Calif.

The URP hopes to see a continual increase in student research this year. All of this past year’s grant recipients and many more students involved in research projects will be presenting their work at this year’s Celebrating Student Achievement Day on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. We hope that alumnae will come help celebrate our students.

Melyssa Allen

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