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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.

Literacy Faculty Ranked Among Nation's Best

The College of Education’s literacy professors are among the most prolific scholars in the country in their field, according to a recent study.

Published in the journal Reading Psychology, the article looked at the productivity of literacy faculty nationwide from 2006 to 2012. The rankings were based on the number of times professors appeared in nine prominent research journals, adjusted for the size of the literacy faculty at the particular college.

UNC Charlotte came in at 21st in the country, besting the likes of the University of Tennessee and the University of South Carolina and ranking just behind Vanderbilt and the University of Florida.