Join Us for the
2019 Graduate Research & Creativity Expo
Wednesday, April 3, 2019





Join us for the 7th annual Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: “Scholarship That Matters.” This showcase of talent will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 2 pm – 4:30 pm in the Elliott University Center at UNCG

PresenterElizabeth Ellis speaking with Expo participants

About the Expo

The Expo is an annual showcase of UNCG graduate students’ accomplishments to the Greater Greensboro community, and is a venue for students to communicate their research and creative activities in jargon-free language with the public. Graduate students explain and present their work through poster presentations.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is provided in the Oakland Parking Deck for showcase attendees. Community partners and area employers are encouraged to come and engage with the students.

The Expo is organized into poster competitions in the following categories:

  • Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
  • Professional Programs
  • Social Sciences

$15,000 will be awarded to participants in the 2019 Expo!

<!– Click here to see some of the prev year’s Poster Topics –>

Community judges circulate throughout the event to evaluate presentations and determine fifteen $1,000 winners.


Details about the 2018 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo can be found in Campus Weekly and photos of the event appear in our gallery. Winners from the 2018 competition spoke to legislators at the General Assembly’s Graduate Education Day in Raleigh in May.

Mackenzie Green presenting to Expo judges: Melissa Burroughs and Tim Clontz
Please plan to present your work in a way that is accessible to diverse audiences and explains in jargon-free language the importance and relevance of your work. Imagine that you may be speaking to Middle College students, undergraduates, journalists, community members, area business owners, representatives from boards and foundations, state legislators, or your neighbors down the street. Please do not plan to re-use a poster or paper that you have prepared for a discipline-specific conference; be thinking of your new audience(s) and the best way to communicate with them.

Registrants will present a poster; remember that your poster is not intended to speak for you and that you must present your work and make it accessible to your audience. Presenters should engage with the audience in a way that encourages discussion and interaction; your poster should enhance your oral presentation.

*Please Note: The first 100 posters are automatically accepted pending confirmation from their Faculty Mentor. If you register after we’ve received 100 poster registrations, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified within 2 weeks of registering whether we can accommodate your poster.

Ahmed Elshaarrawi explaining his research
All registrants must create and present a poster.

The Expo will open at 2pm with welcoming remarks. Judges will discuss posters with the entrants in two sessions: 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm. Winners in each category will be recognized at 5pm in the EUC Auditorium. All students are invited and encouraged to attend the entire Expo.

Poster Judging:

    • Poster judging times have been designated for:
    • 2:15-3:15 pm
    • 3:30-4:30 pm
    • Students must plan to set up their posters (or have a friend deliver their poster) in the EUC Ballroom from 12:30pm – 1:45pm on the afternoon of April 3. Graduate School staff will be on hand to assist with setup.
  • Presenters must be available for at least one of the above sessions to discuss their work with attendees at the Expo. You will have 8-10 minutes to discuss your poster with the judges. The poster should function as a representation of your main points or visual cues to your presentation.
  • Posters should be 36 inches tall and 48 inches wide. (See Poster Resources for further information.)

Click here to see last year’s program

Chiraz Soumia Amrine shares her findings with Expo judges Commissioner Kevin Berger and Frances Bullock, a UNCG Board of Trustees member
Participants may register to present in one of six categories:

  • Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
  • Professional Programs
  • Social Sciences

(The Graduate School reserves the right to modify categories to promote equity and facilitate judging.)

There will be 15 awards of $1,000* to the winners of the Expo. (If a group wins an award, the prize money will be split evenly among registered group members.)

*The $1,000 award will be posted to your University student account. If you have a zero balance when the award posts, the cashier’s office will issue you a refund check for the full amount. If you have a current balance, your award will pay that balance first and any funds that remain will be issued to you as a refund check. If you received Federal financial aid for the school year, your aid may be reduced by the amount of this award.

Chiraz Soumia Amrine shares her work

  1. Overall appearance and appeal of your poster.
  2. Organization of your poster and your presentation.
  3. Effectiveness of the oral component of your presentation.
  4. Engagement with judges; enthusiasm for subject; discussion.
  5. Impact or importance of your work; why your work matters (economical/societal impact, etc.)
  6. Quality of work.

Registration is limited to 100 Posters.

When registering, you will:

  • Select whether you will be presenting alone or as a group and who will be the “lead”
  • You will need to enter your title, coauthor(s), and UNCG faculty mentor information. Your faculty mentor will be contacted to authorize your participation in Expo.
  • Select the area in which you intend your work to be considered:
      • Arts
      • Health Sciences
      • Humanities
      • Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
      • Professional Programs
      • Social Sciences
  • Write an abstract (150 words or less) for the program booklet.
  • When writing your abstract, think about:
    • Why does it matter?
    • Why should people care about your project?
    • Share your contribution to the ongoing conversation of this topic
    • Explain the question you are trying to answer in your abstract/work
  • Poster format:
    • 36” high x 48” wide poster illustrating the main points of your research.
    • The Expo organizers will provide an easel and poster backer for each printed poster.

You may view a sample registration form here so that you have a better idea of the information needed on the 2019 registration form.

All posters should be collected from the event after 4:30 pm.

Anne, Kyoungyoun Park shares her Health Sciences presentation

    1. Please be aware that disclosure through any sort of publication could jeopardize any patenting opportunities and limit the value of an innovation.

If you know or suspect that you may have some intellectual property that needs assessment for patent or copyright significance, please contact your faculty advisor before presenting at Expo.

    In addition, research performed via sponsored agreements may have clauses that restrict publication or ownership implication. Please check with your faculty advisor or Sponsored Research for information.
Join Bruce Kirchoff & Kim Cuny for this MUST DO hands-on practical workshop. You’ll be provided with the foundation you need to successfully present your research to at the Expo. This team runs our 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) workshop, and coached the last two years’ winners. Sign up if you are interested in success at the Expo.

Date & Time: 2/26/19 from 2pm-5pm
Location: Phillips and Sharpe (EUC)

The Digital ACT Studio presented two back-to-back workshops on poster design and creation. You can view the video of this workshop here.

Here are links to the presentation, in both PowerPoint and PDF:
You must be logged into your UNCG email address for these links to work and to download the files



Contact with any questions or to request any accessibility accommodations. To save your spot, RSVP to

The Digital Media Commons
The Digital Media Commons can help you with your technology needs! Visit our desk in the lower level of the library, open seven days a week, for assistance when you need it with questions about multimedia technology. Or, simply use/reserve our spaces to work on your presentation. You can also make an appointment with staff if you have questions concerning images that can be used on your posters or if you are new to creating posters. We also have a Presentation Practice Room you can reserve (see the reservation widget on the library homepage) to practice your presentation, record your session, watch, and review. Contact us: or visit our website: Digital ACT Studio
Want help designing your poster presentation? The Digital ACT Studio can assist you on the effectiveness of your presentation. We can provide feedback on whether you are effectively reaching your audience, and if your project is rhetorically and aesthetically compelling.

Our consultants are professionally trained to help you create stronger, rhetorically and aesthetically effective projects by engaging in one-on-one conversations that focus on shared knowledge and expertise. At the Digital ACT Studio, you can receive feedback on creating appropriate, pedagogically effective posters.

The Digital ACT Studio is open Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, and Friday 10am-2pm. Walk in or schedule a 30 minute or 1 hour appointment today!
For more information about our practices, please visit our website: Contact us at:

The University Speaking Center
The University Speaking Center provides consultation support and instructional workshop services for UNCG students, faculty, employees, and members of the Greensboro community. Our support is designed to help speakers further develop their own oral communication confidence and competence. We provide peer-to-peer feedback, guidance, and other support in the areas of public speaking preparation and delivery, interpersonal communication, and group or team communication.

The Speaking Center is located along with the Writing Center in 3211 MHRA. We are on the third floor. MHRA is on the corner of Forest and Spring Garden – across the street from the Mossman Building.

For more information, please visit:

Poster Presentation Layouts

Printing Your Poster
The cost of having a research poster printed can be significant (as much as $200). A number of academic departments have offered to assist students by making their printers available at a reasonable cost. Please allow time to contact the departments and reserve a space in their schedule; posters may take a day or so to print, and departments may need to do them in blocks. See below for some options:

*Please be aware that the printed version of the poster will be that version you send to the department. If you notice an error after the poster has been printed, you are responsible for the costs of printing a new poster as well as the original poster.

Department of Geography
Contact: Jim Nelson
Available to students in any department.
Cost to print a 36″H x 48″W color poster is $20 on regular paper. Deadline for printing a poster is Monday, April 2, 2018, at 12pm (noon). Poster must be emailed in PDF format and must already be sized to 36″H x 48″W. Students must bring exact change and pay in cash when they pick up the poster. They can pick up their poster from Mrs. Lois Carney in Graham 237.

Department of Biology
Contact: Lee Griffin
Available to students in any department.
The poster must be emailed in PDF format, 48 hours in advance, and must already be sized to 36″H x 48″W. Cost to print a 36”H x 48″W color poster on matte paper will be $25.00; students can pay in cash with exact change at the Biology Department office, 312 Eberhart, when they pick up the finished product. Students must pay for the finished product by 4 pm on the day they pick up their poster(s). There is currently no requirement of a minimum number of posters per batch.

School of Health & Human Sciences
Available only to students in HHS programs and departments.
The poster must already be sized to 36″H x 48″W and emailed in PDF format. To ensure that posters are printed in time for the Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, they must be submitted to department administrative assistants no later than March 28, 2018. The cost of $15 per 36″H x 48″W color poster will be charged to your department/program.

Other Resources for Printing Posters

Spartan Printing
The price for a 36”H x 48”W is approximately $70. Visit to enter the job online; click on “Student Printing” and then click on “Express Large Poster Form.” The poster must already be sized to 36”H x 48”W. The document should be in PDF format. Spartan Printing can complete it same-day or while-you-wait, depending on their load.

Online Option
Online option link. Estimated cost to print a 36”H x 48”W glossy, full-color poster is $45.94 plus shipping. Printed from your PowerPoint or PDF file; most posters ordered by noon Central Time are printed on the same business day, but you must accommodate for shipment time.


  • 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

  • 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”


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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”