March 06, 2013
The University of New England's 5th Annual Northeast Undergraduate Research Development Symposium (NURDS) held March 2-3 on UNE‚Äôs Biddeford Campus drew 160 student researchers from Connecticut to New Brunswick, Canada.
Representing 39 colleges and universities, the students presented research in biology, marine biology, physics, biochemistry, neuroscience, ecology and - new to NURDS this year - the humanities and social sciences.
The symposium, originated with funding from the National Science Foundation and now supported by the UNE Provost's Office, is the largest interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference in northern New England. It is created, organized and run each year by undergraduate students.
This year's winners include:
Roxanne Pelletier, Université de Moncton, New Brunswick, CAN, "An analysis method for the manganese content of saliva by ICP-MS"
Justin Morse, Boston University, Boston, MA, "Calcium Handling Deficits Induced by Systemic Inflammatory Mediators in Rat Cardiomyocytes"
Cassidy Peterson , University of New England, ME, "Gestational analysis of the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) by coupling ultrasound and steroid hormone analysis"
List of top 10 posters (unranked):
Madison Van Orden, Salve Regina University
Erika Albretson, Salve Regina University
Laura Cronley, Colby College
Matt Mulé, Tufts University
Katherine Egan, University of Rhode Island
Joseph Langan, University of New England
Chandni Patel, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Soren Hough, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Elizabeth Velazquez and Tatiana Perez, University of New Haven
Stephanie St.Pierre, Université of Moncton
Gary Forster, Adam Zec, Kirsten Randle: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Presentations on dark matter