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The 2017 Summer Undergraduate Pipeline (SUP) Research Symposium provided an opportunity for undergraduate students engaging in research under the direction of UNC Chapel Hill faculty to present their research to a broad audience of faculty, staff, students from across campus and the general public.

There were 141 student presenters from 14 summer undergraduate research programs that participated in the symposium.

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 26th, 9:00am-12:30pm

WHERE: The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

This Symposium provided opportunities for oral and poster presentations, with awards provided in each category.

2016 SUP Research Symposium AWARDEES:

ORAL Presentations

1st Place: Carrington Merritt (McNair Scholar), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Title: “Correlates and Consequences of Social Defeat: Implications for Schizophrenia”

Research Mentor: Keely Muscatell, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience,



2nd Place: Kenya Lee (McNair Scholar), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Title: “Test-based Accountability and Alternative Education: Examining Trends in North Carolina Districts”

Research Mentor: Lora Cohen-Vogel, School of Education




3rd Place: Sydney Tunstall (MURAP Scholar), Spelman College

Research Title: “A Most Precarious Position: Black Lesbians and Interracial Relationships”

Research Mentor: GerShunn Avilez, Department of English and Comparative Literature




POSTER Presentations

1st Place (Tied Score): DeCélia Browne (SOLAR Scholar), Oakwood University

Research Title: Using Fluorescent Microscopy to Measure Calcium Response to E-liquid Constituents on Lung Epithelia

Research Mentor: Robert Tarran, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology



1st Place (Tied Score): Rebecca Thweatt (SOLAR Scholar), University of Southern California

Research Title: “Drug Release of Paclitaxel from Ace-DEX Particles: an Experimental and Mathematical Model”

Research Mentor: Kristy Ainslie & Gauri Rao, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics


3rd Place: Jared Richards (IDEA Scholar), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Title: “Quantifying Macrobioerosion Within Two Coral Taxa and Across Three Reef Systems in the Western Caribbean Sea”

Research Mentor: Karl Castillo, Department of Marine Sciences



For more information, contact:

Kathy Wood, Co-Director
Diversity & Student Success Program or (919) 962-2509