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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.

Industry Recognition for Engineering Alumnus

Manufacturing Engineering magazine has named Lee College of Engineering alumnus Chris Tyler as one of its "30 under 30" industry professionals who has demonstrated "exceptional talent and leadership in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, which are the essential underpinnings of manufacturing."

Tyler, who earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University in May, accepted a position with Boeing in St. Louis to continue his research on difficult-to-machine materials, according to the article.

The magazine pointed out that Tyler’s research into the creation of a database that contains ideal conditions for milling and turning based upon type of material, tool geometry and tool wear has earned high praise in the manufacturing industry.