Spotlight on Student Research & Outreach

2012 Spotlight
Wednesday, April 11 - Undergraduate
Thursday, April 12 - Graduate
Moon Library Reading Room

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making this year’s Spotlight on Student Research so successful.  This year’s competition featured poster presentations from both graduate and undergraduate students, where the posters were judged and prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Undergraduate Poster Session

  • 1st Place: ($125)
    Funmi Afelumo and Lee Newman
    “The Potential for Herbicide Safeners to Reduce the Symptons of Heavy Metal Toxicity in Zea Mays”
  • 2nd Place ($100)
    Rebekah Myers
    “Microhabitat Requirements and Behaviors of Ant Functional Groups that Allow for their Co-Existence: A Recommendation for Restoration Practices”
  • 3rd Place ($75)
    Jenna Sanford, W.D. Helenbrook, and C.M. Whipps
    “Identification and Preliminary Genetic Sequencing of the Endoparasitic Protozoan Blastocystis Species Infecting Ecuadorian Humans and Howler Monkeys using PCR-Based Techniques”

Special thanks to: Alumni Office for sponsoring the awards; to Alumni and Graduate Student Judges; and to Professors Philippe Vidon and Timothy Volk of the Committee on Research for organizing the session and judges.

Graduate Poster Session

  • 1st Place ($150)
    Hwa Sung Kim and S.E. Anagnost
    “The Modification of the Distribution of Xylans and Lignins after hot water treatment in Sugar Maple Wood Chips.”
  • 2nd Place ($100)
    Patrick Davis, R. Malmsheimer, E. Bevilacqua, and T. Haine
    “A Spatial Model of National Forest Human-Caused Fire Ignitions.“
  • 3rd Place ($75)
    Jesse.B. Crandall, A. Klueter, F.I. Archer, M.A. Coffroth, and M.A. Teece.
    “Some Like it Hot, Some Like it Cloudy: Light Tolerance and Thermal Flexibility in Coral Symbionts.“

Special Thanks:

Departments of Environmental and Forest Biology, Environmental Resources Engineering, Environmental Studies, and Forest and Natural Resources Management as well as the Graduate Student Association for sponsorship of the Graduate poster session awards; the GSA Professional Development Committee: Abbie Larkin and Jesse Robinson; the Faculty Governance Committee on Research; our 18 faculty judges, and a very special thank you to Dr. Charles Hall for providing the keynote address, “Where your Research Can Take You: Lessons from the Systems Lab.”

And thank you to all of the individuals who made this such a successful event.

Neil H. Ringler
Vice Provost for Research


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