ECU students present at symposium
East Carolina University students presented their research at the annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium Nov. 15 at High Point University.
“As a first time attendee, I was really impressed with the event,” said Dr. Chris Balakrishnan, assistant professor of biology and faculty mentor. “My student really seemed to love the experience.”
This year’s ECU participants included undergraduates Ibrahim Abdeally, Sana Bharde, Corrie Hansen, Sydney Hendricks, Joseph Henry, Julia Horiates, Brianna Horton, Clare Howerton, Jasmine Hughes, Richard Ketchum, Ariel Pinkham, Nicole Salonia, Courtney Stewart, Gabriella Villalon and Hannah Woolard.
The event is an undergraduate conference for all areas of mentored research, creative scholarship and performance. Each year, colleges, universities and community colleges in North Carolina host the symposium, where students share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.
“Undergraduate research has several important components: collaboration with a mentor, carrying out an original research project and dissemination of the results,” said Dr. Mary Farwell, interim assistant vice chancellor and director of undergraduate research in the ECU Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement. “A research showcase such as the State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium is therefore an important part of the entire process of undergraduate research and creative scholarship.”
ECU has participated in the symposium since its incorporation as a statewide event 11 years ago and served as the host in 2011. Farwell, who also serves on the statewide organizing committee for the symposium, said ECU has a fairly large contingent of students attending the conference each year. Last year, 31 students from ECU presented at the symposium.
For additional information, please visit www.sncurcs.org