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2017 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo April 5

The 5th annual UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: “Scholarship That Matters” will be held on Wednesday, April 5, from noon to 3 p.m. with final judging at 4 p.m. in the Elliott University Center.

More than 100 graduate students will present their research at this event, which is sponsored by the UNCG Graduate School in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development.

“The purpose of the expo is to showcase the accomplishments of UNCG’s graduate students to the Greater Greensboro community, and to provide a venue for students to communicate their research and creative activities to the public,” said Vice Provost for Graduate Education Kelly Burke.

Graduate students will gain experience communicating their research and creative activities using posters, short discussions or short videos.  There are 102 students from more than 30 departments registered and 89 presentations will be made from noon until 3 p.m., before the final judging takes place. The event is free and open to the public, and free parking is provided in the Oakland Parking Deck.

Community partners and area employers are encouraged to attend and engage with the students.

“Visitors to the expo will be able to see not only the depth of the expertise of our students but also the breadth of scholarship and creative activity,” said Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Terri L. Shelton, “from science and social sciences to the humanities, from the creative and visual arts to education, from basic bench science to community-engaged research.”

The expo is organized into competitions in the following topics:

Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Health Sciences
Social Sciences
Humanities
Creative Arts
Professional Programs

There will be a winner in each category, presented with a $1,000 award.  Winners may also be invited to participate in the State Legislature’s Graduate Education Day in Raleigh in May and honored at the Student Honors Convocation later in the semester.

Dr. Shelton believes that an expo such as this one is a highly beneficial experience for students in developing as active researchers or creators, because of the importance of communicating the quality of the research to those outside their discipline and to the public.

“This ability to speak cogently about their scholarship … what motivated the research question, how they developed their methodology, and the lessons learned from the process. And to do so in language that is accessible to the public and free from jargon is a much valued skill that, when combined with expertise in their field, results in graduates who are well prepared to contribute substantively to society.”

A small sampling of the presentations:

  • Todd Siff, advised by theater professor Rachel Briley, is doing a project in collaboration with The Color Bakery, a feminist theatre for a youth company based in India. He and the company will create a new musical that will tour in schools throughout India during the next two years.
  • Craig Philips, advised by music professor Carla LaFevre, is preparing performance editions of unpublished song arrangements of Ed Smalle and Frank J. Black, known as The Revelers, of 1920s and 30s jazz, preserving the legacy of those significant early 20th century performers.
  • Keith Watkins, advised by geography professor Paul Knapp, is documenting the potential of shortleaf pine trees on UNCG’s campus, with regard to history, climate research and aesthetic value.
  • Alisha Cornell, advised by professor of nursing Susan Denham, is presenting a video game learning series that nurses would use in using health care software to enter patient information.
  • Cassandra Naphen, advised by chemistry and biochemistry professor Nadja B. Cech, is researching how to target antibiotic-resistant Staphyloccous aureas with a compound produced by a fungi. Naphen’s work seeks to analyze and improve the capability of the compound to inhibit the mechanisms of the bacteria.
  • Priyanka Ruparelia, advised by nanoscience professor Dennis LaJeunesse, is researching biocompatible material to support bone growth and replacement. The use of biomimetic polysaccharide material, which mimics native tissue environments, can reduce the need for tissue transplants.

For more information, visit https://grs.uncg.edu/grc-expo.

By Susan Kirby-Smith