URC 2018: The Hall of Research

URC 2018: The Hall of Research

Student research spans disciplines at the Undergraduate Research Conference

by Kassidy Taylor

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

UNH Manchester poster presentations

Students put their independent research, civic engagement activities and internship projects on display during the poster presentation session at the UNH Manchester's Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) on Wednesday.

Posters and students lined the hallways, and faculty and staff stopped by to view and ask questions. The posters spanned a variety of disciplines and myriad topics, from drones to largemouth bass to Wonder Woman.

Biological sciences majors Zerina Dulas ‘18, Valerie Fernandez ‘18 and Nikol Petrosova ‘18 shared their experiences job shadowing medical professionals. Dulas and Petrosova each shadowed a physician’s assistant while Fernandez shadowed an occupational therapist, presenting her research comparing outpatient pediatrics and school-setting therapy.

Continuing the theme of experiential learning, politics & society major Taylor Gilliam ‘18, biotechnology major Arju Parajuli ‘18 and computer science major Lamia Mukanovic ‘18 were just a few of the students who shared insight into internship opportunities. Gilliam interned at Desmarais Law Group, Parajuli at PillPack and Mukanovic at Instant Technologies.

Psychology students Audrey Beaudoin ‘19 and Emily Fifty ’19 teamed up to analyze the eating habits of commuter college students, while fellow psych major Stacey Kulas ’18 explored the impact of homelessness on families.

Computer information systems majors Travis Deschenes ’18 and Alexander Tenczar ’20 joined graduate students Christopher Howell and Andrea Murphy, both pursuing master’s in information technology, to present research on the evolution of smartphones.

The Agnes Lindsay STEM Fellows, a talented pool of Manchester high school students, had their work on display during Wednesday’s event as well. Among the Fellows were West High School student Justus Ogunsuyi, who presented his research on improving memory, and Central High’s Katherine Dubois, who explored the science behind epigenetics.

The URC continues tomorrow with Cinema Arts Day, featuring student projects in video, audio and documentary production from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Communication Arts screening room (456).

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