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112 students from state at UNCG Undergraduate Honors Symposium

Undergraduates from throughout the state filled the main floor of the EUC the Friday before Spring Break.

UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) hosted the 18th Annual Undergraduate Honors Symposium in UNCG’s Elliott University Center. Sessions ran all day and an awards ceremony in the Maple Room concluded the day.

About 112 papers were presented, with 68 from UNCG students and 44 from honors students from 10 institutions across North Carolina.

Aside from UNCG, institutions represented were: Appalachian State University; Catawba College; Durham Technical Community College; Elon University; Greensboro College; Guilford College; Guilford Technical Community College; Meredith College; North Carolina State University; and UNC Chapel Hill.

Dr. Angela Bolte, LIHC assistant dean and symposium organizer, noted the symposium is a great opportunity for honors students from across the state to meet and interact with each other. It gives the undergraduates an opportunity to present in a professional style conference, and hearing others papers may spark interest in other academic areas.

Dr. Omar Ali, dean of the honors college, added “What is particularly special about the Honors Symposium is watching all the student presenters ‘perform’ being presenters ‒ a vital skill irrespective of one’s field of study. By presenting, and seeing others do so, one can get better at this activity. It serves all students in their overall development.”

The Honors Symposium Prizes were awarded for outstanding papers. The recipients were:

UNCG Humanities and Fine Arts

First Prize: Brenda Ramirez, “Catalonia’s Fight for Independence: The Effects of an Illegal Referendum”

Second Prize: Carol Ann Tucciarone, “The Effectiveness of Developmental Leadership Programs on College Campuses”

Third Prize: Jordan Richmond, “Sociocultural Underpinnings and Political Barriers to the 2016-2018 Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing”

Honorable Mentions

Ivana Bogdan, “Women and Gender Politics in Venetian Renaissance Art”

Anitra Harris, “Why Standardized Tests Should Be Eliminated”

Heather Rush, “Suicide in Japan”

UNCG Sciences and Professional Fields

First Prize: Whitney Mantooth, “Nothing Without Us: Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Performing Arts”

Second Prize: Manead Khin, “Identification of Antimicrobial Constituents in Macleaya cordata”

Third Prize: Izna Ahmed, “Microbial Bioluminescence”

Honorable Mentions

Tiffany Branford, “A Qualitative Study of the Social Interactions in GVT (Global Virtual Teams)”

Jamie Jill Maness, “Experiential Learning Through a Summer Research Assistantship”

Natalie Suchy, “The Effect of Performance and Imagination on Children’s Memory for Related Actions”

Visitor Awards

First Prize: Catherine Koontz, Meredith College, “Pick Your Politics: Exploring Student Perspectives on Personal Political Influences During Their Undergraduate Studies”

Second Prize: Alla Alaghbri, Greensboro College, “The Definition of Reason in the Asha’ri School of Islamic Theology: Implications and Applications”

Third Prize: Natalie Johnson, UNC Chapel Hill, “The Writing on the Walls: Street Art as a Site of Participation in Discourse and a Platform for Voice in the Moroccan Public Sphere”

Honorable Mentions

Austin Collins, Catawba College, “The Heart of the Loire: The French Monarchy’s Portrayal of Absolutism in their Royal Chateaux”

Jonathan Rife, Catawba College, “Sympathy for the Devil… and Frankenstein’s Monster: The Power of Revolutionary Characters in Paradise Lost and Frankenstein”

Marisa Sclafani, UNC Chapel Hill, “The Integration of Migrants in Italy”

Zhane Strachan, Durham Technical Community College, “Michelangelo’s Relationship with Medicine and His Art”

Compiled by Mike Harris
Photograph of a presenter by Martin W. Kane