The Graduate School in partnership with the Office of Research & Economic Development is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 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.).


Elizabeth Ellis (History)
Branded as Cain: Jonathan Worth and the Unionist Legacy in Post-Civil War North Carolina
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark E. Elliott

Jamie Watson (English)
Talking to Himself: Teaching Autobiographical Frederick Douglass Works in the Early American Lit Survey
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maria Carla Sanchez

Creative Arts

Jessica M. Ocasio Adorno (Interior Architecture) Mr. Travis Lee Hicks & Mr. Khoi Nguyen Vo, IRB# 17-0303,
Tiny House, Big Community: Catering to Millennials’ Needs
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maruja Torres-Antonini

Professional Programs

Lillian Carden (Library and Information Studies)
Green Screen in the Library? How Technology Can Help Kids Learn to Write!
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne T. Akers

Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

Sheeba Dawood (Nanoscience)
Metal organic framework- The future of electronic devices
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hemali Priyanka Rathnayake

Alla Letfullina (Nanoscience) Dr. Jong Soo Cho, Mr. Pankaj Alaboina & Dr. Sungjin Cho,
Investigation of Molecular Rotation Benefits within Hybrid Polymer Electrolytes
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dennis R. LaJeunesse

Yener Ulus (Biology)
How does seawater intrusion affect mercury cycling in our coastal plain wetlands?
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Martin Tsz-Ki Tsui & Dr. Alex Chow

Social Sciences

Amanda Barnes & Dana Conlin (Human Development and Family Studies) IRB# 17-0342,
Supporting Refugee Families in Promoting their Preschooler’s Literacy Development
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rachel Jepkemboi Boit

Joy Kelly (Counseling and Educational Development)
Developing an Intimate Partner Violence Recovery Measure: An Exploratory Factor Analysis Study
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Elizabeth Murray

Yuki Sugimoto (Kinesiology) IRB# 16-0124,
Stride-to-Stride Gait Variability in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability, Copers, and Healthy Controls
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Scott Ross & Dr. Chris Rhea

Health Sciences

Mariam Abdelaziz (Communication Sciences and Disorders) IRB# 16-0368,
Morphological Knowledge in Third and Fifth Grade Students
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alan G. Kamhi

Hannah Carter (Nutrition) IRB# 16-0411,
Effects of Fortification and Storage Time on Pasteurized Donor Human Milk
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maryanne Tigchelaar Perrin

Selena McCall & Kate McKenzie (Community and Therapeutic Recreation)
Sharon Williams, Huddle Up: Implementing and Evaluating Challenger Flag Football League
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Leandra A. Bedini

Lindsey Oakes (Public Health Education) Dr. Benjamin D. Hickerson, IRB# 17-0155,
Partners & Participants for Health: Innovative Methods to Engage College Students with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey John Milroy

Conner Wallace (Nutrition) Cherie Barnes & Brielle Jacobowitz,
Omega-3 treatment does not improve reductions in brain function caused by saturated fat
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steven C. Fordahl

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.