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Undergraduate Research Competition Programs from Previous Years

Competition Winners from Previous Years

2018

Oral Presentations: Natural and Applied Sciences

  • 1st Place: Ashley Lynch and Sydney Brown, Quantifying perceptions of substance abuse: Promoting positive change (Biology Major, Faculty Mentor: Sharon Thompson)
  • 2nd Place: Rebecca Polaski, Effects of Regional Hypoxia on Cognitive Ability in Juvenile Leopard Geckos (Eublepharis macularius) (Biochemistry Major, Faculty Mentors: Scott Parker and Matthew Murphy)
  • 3rd Place: Krystina Millar, The Value of Water: Gender and Desired Outcomes in Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring (Sociology Major, Faculty Mentor: Jaime McCauley)

Oral Presentations: Humanities and Fine Arts, Business, and Education

  • 1st Place: Sydney James, Using Experimental Archaeology as a Tool for Education (Anthropology Major, Faculty Mentors: Aneilya Barnes and Carolyn Dillian)
  • 2nd Place: Ramsey Diven, In a State of Serenity (Art Studio Major, Faculty Mentors: Aneilya Barnes and Charles Clary)
  • 3rd Place: Allie Sheets, Cash Bail and African American Inequalities (Political Science Major, Faculty Mentors: Jonathan Trerise and Jacqueline Kurlowski)

Poster Presentations: Physical and Biological Sciences

  • 1st Place: Hannah Weinberg, Skin lesion prevalence on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from coastal waters near Murrells Inlet, SC (Marine Science Major, Faculty Mentor: Rob Young)
  • 2nd Place: Josh Dusci, Comparing High and Low-Density Stocking Rates of Goldfish in an Aquaponics System (Marine Science Major, Faculty Mentor: Erin Burge)
  • 3rd Place: Tyler McKee, SharkCam video observation of marine fishes associated with hard bottom habitat (Marine Science Major, Faculty Mentor: Erin Burge)

Poster Presentations: Health and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities

  • 1st Place: Tavia Sturgill, Implications of Racial Tensions on Implicit Biases in Processing Information about Different Races (Psychology Major, Faculty Mentor: Andrew Terranova)
  • 2nd Place: Diazia Torres, Are There Flaws in Forensic Identification? (Psychology Major, Faculty Mentor: Melissa Paiva-Salisbury) 
2017

Oral Presentations: Natural and Applied Sciences

  • 1st Place: Ashley Pribble, Characterizing Galactosemia in C. elegans (Biology Major, Faculty Mentor: Daniel Williams)   
  • 2nd Place: Kaitlyn Benson, Gender, Perceived Stress, and Coping Strategy as Predictors of Emotional Eating in College Students (Biology Major/Psychology Minor, Faculty Mentor: Linda Palm, Psychology)
  • 3rd Place: Daniele Aguilera, College Students Attitudes Toward Deservingness of Government Assistance (Psychology Major, Faculty Mentor: Joan Piroch)   

Oral Presentations: Humanities and Fine Arts, Business, and Education

  • 1st Place: Dara Potts, Clown Therapy: Healing One Laugh at a Time (Theatre Arts Major, Faculty Mentors: Amy Tully and Ben Sota) 
  • 2nd Place: Charlie Whittington, The Emergence of Leaders: State Supreme Court Justices (Political Science Major, Faculty Mentor: Mikel Norris)
  • 3rd Place: Amelia Dobbs , Jack Cole and Andy Blankenbuehler: The Influence of Ethnic Dance on Choreographic Style (Musical Theatre Major, Faculty Mentor: Adam  Pelty)

Poster Presentations (all subjects):

  • 1st Place: Madeleine Lee, The Movement of Nitrogen through a Stormwater Retention Pond System (Marine Science Major, Faculty Mentor: Angelos Hannides)
  • 2nd Place: Cierra Lucas, Digestive Efficiency and Energetic Content in the Prey of Diamondback Terrapins (Biology Major, Faculty Mentor: Scott Parker)
  • 3rd Place: Nicholas Conway, Tracing Extreme Floods of the Waccamaw River Using Oxbow Lake Deposits (Marine Science Major, Faculty Mentor: Zhixiong Shen)
2016

Oral Presentations: Science

  • 1st Place: Briana Laws, Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Testing the Accuracy of the SLEEPMED Questionnaire (Biochemistry Major, Mentor: Sharon Thompson)           
  • 2nd Place: Meghan Troup, Decreased Mixing Conditions during Low Oxygen Events in Long Bay, South Carolina: 2006-2014 (Marine Science Major, Mentors: Erin Hackett, Diane Fribance and Roi Gurka)
  • 3rd Place: Christopher L. Pierpont, Characterization of an Essential Chloroplast Protein (Marine Science and Biology Major, Mentor: Michelle Barthet)

 Oral Presentations:  Business, Education, and Humanities and Fine Arts

  • 1st Place: Rachel Hansen, The Inalienable Right to a Peaceful Death (Communication Major, Mentor: Amanda Grefski)
  • 2nd Place: Taylor O’Hara, Consumerism in the City: The Ways in Which Fashion is Both Limiting and Empowering in Sex and the City (English Major, Mentor: Cynthia Port)

Poster Presentations (all subjects):

  • 1st Place: Abby Boytos, The Effects of Religion and Career Priming on Problem-Solving Persistence in College Students (Psychology Major, Mentor: Terry Pettijohn)
  • 2nd Place: Nelda Glaze, The Relationship between Assigned Homework and its Purposes (Elementary Education Major, Mentor: Catherine Scott)
  • 3rd Place: Stephen Penton, Ocean Surface Effects on Refractivity Inversions Using Genetic Algorithms (Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Major, Mentor: Erin Hackett) 
2015

Oral Presentations (Awards in 2 categories):

  • 1st Place, Humanities, Business, and Education: Carlie Mills, Conducting Formative Research in Alcohol Social Norms Campaigns (Communication major, Mentor:  Mark Flynn)
  • 1st Place, Science and Math: Alyson Lavin, Association Patterns in Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off Northern South Carolina (Marine Science major, Mentor:  Rob Young)
  • 2nd Place, Science and Math: Lyndsay Young, Multiple Pathways of Neurodegeneration in Caenorhabditis  Elegans (Marine Science major, Mentor:  Daniel Williams)

Poster Presentations (all categories combined):

  • 1st Place: John Segreto, Unsteady Effects of the Near Wake Behind Freely Flying European Starling, American Robin and Western Sandpiper (Chemistry major, Mentor:  Roi Gurka)
  • 2nd Place: Jennifer Soyke-Tester, The Effects of Fixed and Free Play Interactions with a Robotic Dog on Student Emotional States (Psychology major, Mentor: Terry Pettijohn)
  • 3rd Place: Jessamin A. Straub, Fluvial Morphology and Bedform Migration in the Ebb Tidal Dominated Duplin River, Georgia (Marine Science major, Mentor: Jenna Hill) 

2014

Oral Presentations (Awards in 3 categories):

  • 1st Place, Humanities and Business: Nathaniel Grimes, Institutions of the Shark Fin Market:  Roles of Externalities and Incentives (Economics and Marine Science major, Mentor: Rob Salvino)
  • 1st Place, Social and Political Sciences: Ashleigh Simons, Blame attribution as a function of sexual assault victim characteristics (Psychology major, Mentor: Linda Palm)
  • 1st Place, Physical, Biological, and Health Sciences: Janel Reeves, Call a Vegetable a Vegetable: Perceptions and Taste Ratings (Biology major, Mentor: Sharon Thompson)
  • 2nd Place, Physical, Biological, and Health Sciences: Mary Anderson, Effectiveness of Gaming Systems on Balance in Older Individuals (Biology major, Mentors: Greg Martel and Karen Aguirre)

Poster Presentations (all categories combined):

  • Tie for 1st: Anthony Carrone, Tatoos and Risk Taking Behavior in College Students (Psychology major, Mentor: Miranda Brenneman)
  • Tie for 1st: Valerie Hartigan, Stable Isotope Analysis in Deep Sea Cephalopods of the Bear Seamount (Marine Science major, Mentor: Juli Harding)
  • 2nd: Joseph Griswold, Charles Klingler, and Coleen Haley, Prevalence and Intensity of Ectoparasites on Fundulus heteroclitus as a Function of Size in Two Marsh Systems in South Carolina, USA (Marine Science majors, Mentor: Erin Burge) 
2013

Oral Presentations

  • First Place: Lauren Albrittain, “Influence of Tidal Cycles on Movements of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in South Carolina Coastal Environments”
  • Second Place: Christine Po, “Dietary Knowledge and Habits of Collegiate Athletes”
  • Third Place: Zack Parker, “Modeling Terrestrial Characteristics of Diamondback Terrapin Nest Sites Using LiDAR and GIS at Waites Island, SC.”

Poster Presentations

  • First Place: Karla Stroud, “Site Fidelity, Home Range, and Population Demographics of Two Grass Shrimp Species in North Inlet, SC”
  • Second Place: Benjamin Thepaut, “Community-based Groundwater and Lake Level Management in Briarcliffe Acres, SC”
  • Third Place: Kelly Gregorcyk, “Benthic Habitat Mapping in Port Jefferson Harbor in Long Island Sound, NY”