Due to restrictions on in-person gatherings during COVID19 in 2020 and 2021, the Graduate School hosted online events, the 2020 Showcase of Scholarship and the 2021 Showcase, to celebrate the amazing work of our UNCG graduate students.


  • 2019 – William Woods (Interior Architecture) Enriching our experiential conversation with the historic environment, Faculty Mentor: Prof. Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll
  • 2018 – Jessica M. Ocasio Adorno (Interior architecture), “House, Big Community: Catering to Milennials’ Needs”
  • 2017 – Marya Fancey (Music), “Understanding Sacred Organ Music from a Sixteenth-Century Polish Source”
  • 2016 – Sydney de Briel (Theatre), “Costume Design: She Kills Monsters”
  • 2015 – Karen S. Thomas (Music Education), “Musicians’ Earplugs: Does Their Use Affect Performance or Listeners’ Perceptions?”
  • 2013 – Felicia Dean (Interior Architecture), “From Fashion to Furniture: The Formation of Three-Dimensional Upholstery”
  • 2012 – Claudia Aguilera (Interior Architecture), “An Identity for Mass Production”

Health Sciences

  • 2019 – Alma Rosa Chanelo (Biology) The Role of Naringenin on ERRα and Adipocyte Metabolism, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yashomati Patel
  • 2019 – Mohammad Fereydouni (Nanoscience) Transformed Fat Cells Kill Cancer Cells, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christopher L. Kepley
  • 2019 – Grace Huebner, RDN (Nutrition) Non-Dieting Focused Weight Management Curriculum in Current Accredited US Dietetic Programs,Dr. Jared McGuirt, PhD, M.P.H., Dr. Maryanne Perrin, PhD, M.B.A., R.D.N., Dr. Lauren Haldeman PhD, & Laurie Allen, M.Ed., R.D.N., L.D.N., Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jared McGuirt
  • 2019 – Melissa Totten (Nutrition) Sex and Genetic Factors Involved in Alterations of Behavior and Brain Iron due to Diet-Induced Obesity, Matthew Pierce & Dr. Keith M. Erikson, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Keith M. Erikson
  • 2018 – Mariam Abdelaziz (Communication Sciences and Disorders) IRB# 16-0368, “Morphological Knowledge in Third and Fifth Grade Students”
  • 2018 – Hannah Carter (Nutrition), “Effects of Fortification and Storage Time on Pasteurized Donor Human Milk”
  • 2018 – Selena McCall & Kate McKenzie (Community and therapeutic Recreation), “Huddle Up: Implementing and Evaluating Challenger Flag Football League”
  • 2018 – Lindsey Oakes (Public Health Education), “Partners & Participants for Health: Innovative Methods to Engage College Students with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD)”
  • 2018 – Conner Wallace (Nutrition), “Omega-3 treatment does not improve reductions in brain function caused by saturated fat”
  • 2017 – Ho Young Lee (Biology) Halley Shah, Hong Zhu, Robert Y. Li, & Dr. Zhenquan Jia, “Doxorubicin-Induced Cytotoxicity in Rat Myocardial H9c2 Cells: The Roles of Reactive Oxygen Species and Redox Balance”
  • 2016 – Andrea Pluskota (Communication Sciences & Disorders), “Black Lives, Literacy, and Language Skills Matter: A Summer Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse School-Aged Children”
  • 2015 – Lauren West (Chemistry & Biochemistry), “Nutritional Manipulation of HIV/AIDS: The Effects of Ergothioneine and Cultural Complementary and Alternative Medicines on HIV”
  • 2013 – Richard D. Vestal (Nanoscience), “Targeting the Atypical Chemokine Receptor CXCR7 for the Treatment of Glioblastoma (GBM)”
  • 2012 – Jeffrey Labban (Kinesiology), “The Impact of Exercise on Memory”


  • 2019 – Caitlin Coulter (English) Nietzsche, Mann, Modernism: A Framework for Morality in Raymond Chandler’s Detective Fiction, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anthony Cuda
  • 2018 – Elizabeth Ellis (History), “Branded as Cain: Jonathan Worth and the Unionist Legacy in Post-Civil War North Carolina”
  • 2018 – Jamie Watson (English), “Talking to Himself: Teachin Autobiographical Frederick Douglass Works in Early American Lit Survey”
  • 2017 – Luciana Lilley (English), “Cannibalism Does What?! in George Thompson’s Venus in Boston?”
  • 2016 – Joseph Ross (History), “Remembering Nuremberg: The Paradox of Human Rights in American History”
  • 2015 – Mardita Murphy (Interior Architecture), “The Kirkbride Plan: A History of Psychiatric Medicine and its Reflection on 19th Century Architecture”
  • 2013 – Amirah Lane (Interior Architecture), “Aladdin Kit Homes and the Fisher Park Neighborhood”
  • 2012 – James Findley (History), “’The Failing and Fruitless Business’: Colonial Ventures and Failure in the English North Atlantic”

Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

  • 2019 – Bhawna Bagra (Nanoscience) Concentrate Light on Photosystem I to enhance energy conversion, Dr. Zheng Zeng & Dr. Taylor Mabe, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jianjun Wei
  • 2019 – Austin Gray (Biology) Antibiotics in our Streams and Drinking Water: Implications on Environmental and Human Health, Dr. Daniel Todd & Dr. Anne E. Hershey, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Hershey
  • 2019 – Snehal Shah (Nanoscience) Fabrication of bioinspired Polymeric Nanostructred surfaces and their potential in Nanomedicine., Dr. Dennis LaJuenesse, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dennis LaJuenesse
  • 2019 – Ryan Yarbrough (Nanoscience) Improving Industrial Efficiency with Novel Waste Heat Recovery Technology, Dr. Hemali Rathnayake, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hemali P. Rathnayake
  • 2018 – Sheeba Dawood (Nanoscience), “Metal organic framework- The future of electronic devices”
  • 2018 – Alla Letfullina (Nanoscience), “Investigation of Molecular Rotation Benefits within Hybrid Polymer Electrolytes”
  • 2018 – Yener Ulus (Biology), “How does seawater intrusion affect mercury cycling in our coastal plain wetlands?”
  • 2017 – Taylor Mabe (Nanoscience), “A Point-of-Care Biosensor for Disease Diagnostics”
  • 2016 – Taylor Mabe (Nanoscience), “Development and Fabrication of a Handheld Point-of-Care Sensor for Disease Diagnosis”
  • 2015 – Vincent P. Sica (Chemistry & Biochemistry), “Direct Chemical Analysis of Fungal Cultures”
  • 2013 – Jonathan G. Messer (Nutrition), “Effect of antioxidant, quercetin, on bone cell function”
  • 2012 – Adam Brown (Chemistry & Biochemistry), “Disarming the ‘Super Bugs’: Antibiotic-Resistance-Reversing Natural Products”

Professional Programs

  • 2019 – Oliver M. Thomas (Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations) Students Can Change Systems of Oppression, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Leila E. Villaverde
  • 2018 – Lillian Carden (Library and Information Studies), “Green Screen in the Library? How Technology Can Help Kids Learn to Write!”
  • 2017 – Justin Larson (Economics), “North Carolina’s Clean Smokestacks Act and Emissions, Untangling a Tangled Relationship”
  • 2016 – Tara Konya (Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies), “At the Intersection of Social Marketing and Public Policy: An Exploration of a Non-Profit from the Client Perspective”
  • 2015 – Leslie Locklear (Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations), “Walking in Two Worlds: Culturally Responsive Teaching for Native American Students”
  • 2013 – Margo Appenzeller, Megan Kemmery, and Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh (Specialized Education Services), “When Your Car is Your Classroom”
  • 2012 – Sheresa Blanchard and Megan Kemmery (Specialized Education Services), “Focus Group Participants’ Responses to Using American Sign Language (ASL)”

Social Sciences

  • 2019 – Lauren Bailes (Human Development & Family Studies) Goodness of Fit between Maternal Emotion Regulation and Infant Temperament Associated with Later Maternal Sensitivity, Dr. Esther M. Leerkes, IRB# 09-0035, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Esther Leerkes
  • 2019 – Amy Hewitt (Teacher Education Higher Education) Selecting and Sequencing Children’s Mathematical Strategies for Whole-Class Discussions, IRB# 2013010080, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victoria R. Jacobs
  • 2019 – Joy Kelly (Counseling & Educational Development) Surviving and Thriving: The Development and Validation of the Intimate Partner Violence Recovery Measure, IRB# 19-0031, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Murray
  • 2019 – Huicheng Wu (Consumer, Apparel, & Retail Studies) Open Costing in Apparel Sourcing: Effects on Sustainability and the Buyer-Supplier Relationship, Dr. Nancy Hodges & Dr. Jin Su, IRB# 18-0265, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nancy Hodges & Dr. Jin Su
  • 2018 – Amanda Barnes & Dana Conlin (Human Development and Family Studies), “Supporting Refugee Families in Promoting their Preschooler’s Literacy Development”
  • 2018 – Joy Kelly (Counseling and Educational Development), “Developing an Intimite Partner Violence Recovery Measure: An Exploratory Factor Analysis Study”
  • 2018 – Yuki Sugimoto (Kinesiology), “Stride-to-Stride Gait Variability in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability, Copers, and Health Controls”
  • 2017 – Tiffany Merritt (Sociology), “What Influences if a Death Row Exoneree Receives Financial Redress?”
  • 2016 – Arwa Altaher (Geography), “Residential Location Patterns of Immigrants in 21st Century: A Case Study of Atlanta MSA”
  • 2015 – Sarah Sperry (Psychology), “Measuring the Validity and Psychometric Properties of a Short Form of the Hypomanic Personality Scale”
  • 2013 – John Nowlin (Geography), “A Mesoscale Geophysical Capability/suitability Model for Vitis Vinifera Vineyard Site Selection in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad Region, case study: Rockingham County, NC.”
  • 2012 – Meagan Mathews (Human Development and Family Studies), “Pregnant Mothers’ Reactions to Infant Cries Predict Breastfeeding Duration”