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Top Research Symposium Posters Recognized

Three undergraduate students were honored for outstanding posters at the fourth annual Summer Research Symposium as part of the Charlotte Research Scholars program. More than 100 students competed in the competition presenting on a broad range of topics of scholarly inquiry.

This year’s Best Poster winners were: Alexis Friesz for "Hunger and Food Insecurity among College Students: Understanding the Problem and Identifying Solutions" in the category social sciences, humanities, education, business and arts (Kim Buch, mentor); Kenneth Panora for "Effective Treatment of Malignant Ovarian Cancer Cells by Means of Nanoparticle Coated Aptamers" in the natural sciences and public health category (Christine Richardson, mentor); and Eli Bostian for "Electrical Properties of Simple Devices Glued with D-Sorbitol Doped PEDOT:PSS" in the engineering, nanomaterials and computing category.

"Undergraduate research through the Charlotte Research Scholars program enhances the student learning experience and expands the intellectual vitality of the University. Undergraduate researchers tackle important, real-world questions ranging from how to improve K-12 education to improving disease prevention and from enhancing the livability of urban communities to understanding and protecting the environment," explained Tom Reynolds, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.

Research Helps Forge Cross-Cultural Connections

A new College of Education study is revealing the effects of cross-cultural interactions in the classroom, and how educators can better communicate with students from different backgrounds.Published in the journal Teaching Exceptional Children, the research “A Journey, Not a Destination: Developing Cultural Competence in Secondary Transition” looks specifically at educators who help culturally and linguistically diverse special education students transition from school to the adult world.

Tiana Povenmire-Kirk is a project coordinator at the College of Education and one of the study’s co-authors. She said cultural competence training can make a major difference in the classroom.

"Although research indicates it is important that students see individuals who have similar backgrounds in positions of authority, cultural competence development can greatly improve the services all educators deliver, and the experiences of students from diverse backgrounds," said Povenmire-Kirk.