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ETSU students participate in SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum

Contributed • Nov 22, 2019 at 5:42 PM

Ten East Tennessee State University students recently participated in the fourth annual SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum.

Held at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, this event hosted by the Southern Conference focuses on academic research and allows participants to hone their presentation skills for regional and national collegiate competitions.

Participating ETSU students, their majors and their research projects presented were:

• Heidi Armstrong, communication, “Guilty Bodies: A Burkean Analysis of Body Positivity Rhetoric.”

• Jacob Goodlaxson, biochemistry, “Two Mitochondrial NAD+ Kinase genes in C. Elegans regulate aging and reactive oxygen species production.”

• Megha Gupta, health sciences and microbiology, “Characterization of an Antimicrobial Protein Toward Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Bacteria.”

• Kynlee Hillard, microbiology, “The Effect of Leptin on Metabolic- and Cardiovascular-Related Presympathetic Hypothalmic Neurons in Mice.”

• Noah Lyons, chemistry, “Synthesis of 1,2,4-Oxadiazolidi-5-one Derivatives as Potential Beta-Lactamase Inhibitors.”

• Taylor Maupin, marketing, “Ancient Egyptian Beautification Practices: Production, Application, and Importance.”

• Adam Musick, health sciences, “Effect of Sepsis on Circulating CTRP3 Levels.”

• Abbie Saulsbury, political science, “An Analysis of Cross-Ideological Expectation Voting on the United States Supreme Court, 2000-17.”

• John Sterrett, nutrition, “Properties of the ETEE Plastic Wrap Substitute.”

• Elizabeth Wilson, psychology, “Rejection sensitivity and successful dates: Does online dating play a role?”

SURF is a product of the SoCon’s Academic Exchange and is supervised by a panel of faculty members from each conference institution. It welcomes research from the humanities, arts and STEM disciplines.

It regularly brings together undergraduates who, perhaps for the first time, share their research via poster or oral presentations. Unlike many collegiate research gatherings, SURF takes place in the fall to attract students who spent their summer months immersed in their research.

The ETSU students’ participation was coordinated by the Undergraduate Research division within the ETSU Honors College.

For more information about undergraduate research at ETSU, visit www.etsu.edu/honors/ug_research or call 423-439-6076.

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