The Graduate School in partnership with the Office of Research & Economic Development is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Graduate Research & Creativity Expo:

Winners of these $1,000 awards are chosen in each category on the basis of clarity of communication to a non-specialized audience, effective presentation skills, content knowledge and creativity, organization, originality, and ability to explain why this research/work matters (economic impact, societal impact, etc.).

Marya Fancey (Music)
Understanding Sacred Organ Music from a Sixteenth-Century Polish Source
Faculty Mentors: Dr. André Lash, Dr. Elizabeth Keathley, Dr. Andrew Willis, Dr. Kimberly Marshall, & Dr. Adam Ricci

Health Sciences:
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
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Zhenquan Jia

Luciana Lilley (English)
Cannibalism Does What?! in George Thompson’s Venus in Boston?
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maria Sanchez

Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences:
Taylor Mabe (Nanoscience)
A Point-of-Care Biosensor for Disease Diagnostics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jianjun Wei

Professional Programs:
Justin Larson (Economics)
North Carolina’s Clean Smokestacks Act and Emissions, Untangling a Tangled Relationship
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Stephen P. Holland

Social Sciences:
Tiffany Merritt (Sociology)
What Influences if a Death Row Exoneree Receives Financial Redress?
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Saundra Westervelt, Dr. Cindy Dollar, & Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy

Judges included members of the Board of Trustees, local officials, leading executives, University alumni, and other members of the regional community. Judges were resoundingly impressed with the caliber of students’ work and stated they truly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to learn first-hand about students’ scholarly and creative endeavors.