by Kassidy Taylor
Each year, the University of New Hampshire recognizes and celebrates student work at the Undergraduate Research Conference. Spanning both the Durham and Manchester campuses, the URC is one of the largest conferences of its kind in the nation.
More than 150 students participated in this year’s URC in Manchester, putting their research, creative and scholarly work on display from April 18 to 21. The four-day showcase featured student films, screen plays, student research and presentations across different majors.
UNH Manchester takes pride in the efforts of all students who participated in this year’s event, and recognizes the 2017 URC award recipients below.
Ryan Sanborn ’17, History and Politics & Society
The International Institute of New England: Our Mission, Our Clients, and Community Impact
Ryan Sanborn’s presentation provided insight into the mission, clients and impact of the International Institute of New England. Sanborn spent the spring semester interning at the nonprofit organization, which assists refugees and immigrants in becoming engaged members of local communities through ESOL classes, workforce development programs, citizenship services and more.
Ashley Belbin ’17, Biological Sciences
Sequencing and Medicine
Victoria Gouveia ’18, Politics & Society
Patricia Melillo ’17, Politics & Society
Allison Payne ’18, Politics & Society
SB 66: Fetal Homicide Law
In the new “Present and Defend” session at this year’s URC, students in the New Hampshire Politics in Action course debated controversial legislative bills. Politics & Society majors Victoria Gouveia ’18, Patricia Melillo ’17 and Allison Payne ’18 were each assigned to advocate for or against Senate Bill 66, which deals with fetal homicide.
Taylor Gilliam ’19, Politics & Society
Nathan Whitehead ’19, Politics & Society
SB 98: Eliminating the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault
Abigail Goen ’18, Biological Sciences
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Timothy Labonville ’17, Biological Sciences
Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Neural Imaging Techniques
Helen Proksch, Biological Sciences
Position and Orientation of Plumose Anemone (Metridium senile) at the Cribs on Appledore Island
Laura Tuttle ’17, Psychology
Layperson Knowledge of Hospice/Palliative Care Services and Enrollment Requirements
Laura Tuttle’s presentation outlined her research into the level of knowledge that laypeople have about hospice and palliative care programs, which she gathered through a self-report online survey of 104 adult participants.
Hannah Curran ’19, Neuropsychology
Jillian McCalvey ‘20
Locavore Eating in the Greater Manchester Area
Claudia Maynard ‘19, Biological Sciences
Youth Program for English Language Learners: Education Impact
Alexander Turner ’18, Electrical Engineering Technology
AFL App Store
Katelynn Brooks ’18, Biological Sciences
Vanessa Russell ’17, Biological Sciences
The Mangroves of Belize
Produced by biological sciences students Katelynn Brooks ’18 and Vanessa Russell ’17, The Mangroves of Belize documented their trip to the mangrove islands of Placencia through their Global Science Explorations class.
Cameron Wright ’18, Communication Arts
Pretty Good: A Short Film about Females in Skateboarding as Presented by Micaela Wilson, a Former Semi-Professional Skateboarder
Kyle Sanborn ’18, Communication Arts
Unmanned air vehicles, improving brewery boilers, semiconductor failure analysis—these were just a few of the topics that electrical and mechanical engineering technology students presented for their senior projects. The high caliber of presentations during this year’s Engineering Technology Day resulted in a four-way tie:
Daniel Crean ’17, Electrical Engineering Technology
Water Methanol Injection Control System
Michael Greenawalt-Nguyen ’17, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Ardent Concepts Failure Analysis
Steven Kazakis ‘17, Mechanical Engineering Technology
UNH Cooperative Extension: Hydroponics
Andrew Kelsall ‘17, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Analysis of the Oil Circulation System of the Magnum Compact’s
Connect with UNH Manchester