October 18, 2017  

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Students Present Projects at National Conference of Undergraduate Research

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Six University of Southern Mississippi students are currently presenting their scholarly projects at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tenn., joining 4,000 other students from across country. 

The event was first established in 1987 by the Council on Undergraduate Research as a way to both celebrate and promote the research and creative activities of undergraduates, and this year includes participants from more than 400 institutions. 

The students attending from Southern Miss represent the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) and the McNair Scholars Program.  Jo Ann Johnson, administrative support with DCUR, is accompanying the students, and said, “It is a great conference because of the opportunities for networking with other undergraduate researchers.  The graduate fair is also one of the best I’ve ever seen.” 

Those presenting and their paper titles are:

*Sarah “Dexter” Givens (senior dance major from Birmingham, Ala.; mentor, Elizabeth Lentz-Hill) – “The Jam:  The Collaboration of Music and Dance Through Video.”

*Aaliyah Granger (senior  therapeutic recreation. major from Meridian; mentor, Rick Green) – “The Positive Effects of Leisure on Adults with Schizophrenia:  A Case Study.”

*John Hood (senior chemistry major from Mandeville, La.; mentor, Matthew Donahue) “Synthesis of A-Substituted Ethers Via an Oxonium Ion Intermediate.”

*Maya Rex (junior psychology major from Ocean Springs; mentor, Elena Stepanova) – “Racial Bias in Elementary School Children:  Effects of Skin Color and Facial Features.”

*David Sliman (senior biochemistry major from Hattiesburg; mentor, Philip Bates) – “The Role of PDAT1 in the Accumulation of Healthy Fatty Acids in Seed Oil of Transgenic Arabidopsis Plants.”

*Mary Travis (senior geography major from Hattiesburg; mentor, Mark Miller) – “Delta Hands for Hope:  A Force for Reconciliation and Sustainable Development in the Delta?”