Graduate Research and Creativity Expo winners announced

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The 2013 UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo results are in!

The “Scholarship that Matters” Graduate Research and Creativity Expo was held Tuesday, April 2, to introduce the UNCG academic community to the accomplishments of our grad students and to provide a venue for students to communicate their research and creative activities to audiences not necessarily from their own disciplines.

The first place winners in the categories of Creative Arts; Humanities; Professional Programs; Health Sciences; Natural, Physical, & Mathematical Sciences; and Social Sciences all receive $1,000. These students will also have the opportunity to represent UNCG at upcoming events such as the Graduate Fellowship Reception on April 18 and Graduate Education Day at the State Legislature in Raleigh on May 22. Second place Honorable Mention winners receive certificates from The Graduate School.


2013 UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo Winners

Creative Arts. Felicia Dean (Interior Architecture) took first place for her “From Fashion to Furniture: The Formation of Three-Dimensional Upholstery” project. Aaron Wilson (Music Performance) received Honorable Mention for “Bridging the Virtual Gap in Internet-Based Music Instruction: A Feasibility Study in Trombone Performance Education.”

Humanities. Amirah Lane (Interior Architecture) took first place for her “Aladdin Kit Homes and the Fisher Park Neighborhood” project. Brenta Blevins and Stacy Wilder (English) received Honorable Mention for “The UNCG Digital ACT Studio: Toward a Future of Multiliteracy.”

Professional Programs. Megan Kemmery, Margo Appenzeller, and Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh (Specialized Education Services) took first place for their “When Your Car is Your Classroom” project. Minita Sanghvi (Consumer, Apparel, & Retail Studies) received Honorable Mention for “The Role of Appearance Management in Political Marketing in Local Elections.”

Health Sciences. Richard Vestal (Nanoscience) took first place for his “Targeting the Atypical Chemokine Receptor CXCR7 for the Treatment of Glioblastoma” project. Alexa Barwick (Communication Sciences & Disorders) tied with Ciara Floyd (Kinesiology) for Honorable Mention. Barwick’s project was entitled “Can Telepractice Be Utilized Effectively to Treat Speech and Voice Disorders in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease?” and Floyd’s was “The Relationship between a Gymnastics-Specific Fitness Test and Performance Scores.”

Natural, Physical, & Mathematical Sciences. Jonathan Messer (Nutrition) took first place for his “Effect of Antioxidant, Quercetin, on Bone Cell Function” project. Stephen Glass (Kinesiology) received Honorable Mention for “Noise-Enhanced Center of Pressure Complexity in Individuals with Chronic Ankle Instability.”

Social Sciences. John Nowlin (Geography) took first place for his “A Mesoscale Geophysical Capability/Suitability Model for Vitis Vinifera Vineyard Site Selection in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad Region: Case Study of Rockingham County, NC” project. Honorable Mention went to Lucy Lewis (Counseling & Educational Development) for “‘I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends’: The Role of Facebook on the School Adjustment of Newcomer Refugee Students.”


This year’s Expo was extremely competitive. To learn more about the winners’ projects or to check out their amazing competitors, see the Expo program.

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