The end of the spring semester and the approach of graduation comes with a number of award announcements. This is an exciting and busy time of year as we recognize and bid farewell to our 2015 Honors and Undergraduate Research graduates.
In addition to the successes in nationally-competitive awards such as the Goldwater and Fulbright competitions, our students have been recognized for their outstanding achievement in and out of the classroom with campus awards.
The 18th annual Student Research Week was held March 25-27, 2015. The week-long celebration of student research is coordinated by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and provides opportunities for students to present, either orally or in poster form, the research they have conducted as students here at Texas A&M University. Student Research Week helps foster a campus-wide culture of research and sets a high standard for student research by advertising the opportunities for inquiry at Texas A&M and inviting the university community to participate in this exciting endeavor.
The theme for Student Research Week 2015 was “Connecting Ideas,” emphasizing the need for interdisciplinary collaboration, finding and exploring common issues, and connecting the results of research with public concerns.
Student Research Week 2015 marks the first time that Undergraduate Leadership Scholars participated in the event. Two of the inaugural capstone members, supply chain management major, Hana Hoshiko ’16, and business honors and management double-major, Derek Allen McKee ‘16 presented posters describing the projects they developed as part of the capstone program, which is open to all Texas A&M undergraduates.
Student Research Week 2015 involved close to 1000 participants between competitors, judges and volunteers. There were 441 competitors that received scores, including 172 graduate students and 269 undergraduate students. This 61% undergraduate participation is the first time that undergraduate presentations have outnumbered graduate presentations. 151 of the 269 undergraduate participants in Student Research Week 2015 are students in programs run by Honors and Undergraduate Research. Not only did our students constitute a significant portion of undergraduate participants, they also took prizes in every subject area and were awarded 31 out of 103 (30%) of the undergraduate prizes. See the list below for details:
Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Material Sciences Oral
2nd – Colin Whisler, University Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholar
1st – Jose Roberto Dimas Valle, Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd – Zachary Dell, Undergraduate Research Scholar
Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics Oral
1st – Annalisa Erder, University Honors, Undergraduate Research Ambassador and Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd – Michael Li, University Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd – Christina Allen, Undergraduate Research Scholar
Earth Sciences, Geosciences, Water Resources Oral
1st – Amanda Walker, Undergraduate Research Scholar
1st – Coryn Collins, Undergraduate Research Scholar
Engineering, Architecture Oral
1st – Adekunle Adepoju, Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd – Tasnim Mohamed, Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd (tie) – Jack Reid, University Honors, Undergraduate Research Ambassador and Undergraduate Research Scholar
Health, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Physiology Oral
Laura Reid, Undergraduate Research Scholar
History, Literature, Fine Arts, Communication, Languages, Philosophy Oral
1st – Maci Greene, Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd – Harry Zhang, University Honors Program
2nd (tie) – Kimberly Johnson, Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd (tie) – Renee Costello, Undergraduate Research Scholar
Math, Statistics, Computer Science Poster
2nd – Zachary Varnadore, University Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholar
Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience Poster
1st (tie) – Colin Dodson, Undergraduate Research Scholar
1st (tie) – Iyan Younus, Undergraduate Research Ambassador and Undergraduate Research Scholar
Plant Sciences, Animal Sciences, Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Entomology, Agriculture, Ecological Restoration Oral
1st – Taylor Strange, Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd – Lauren Naylor, University Honors
1st – Alexandria Payne, University Honors
2nd (tie) – Bryan Sales, Undergraduate Research Scholar
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Business, Education, Political Science, Economics Oral 1st – Rebecca Mentzer, Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd – Cameron Halbert, University Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholar
1st – Murphy Young, Undergraduate Research Scholar
2nd – Hunter Hampton, University Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholar
Glasscock Award Winners Oral
Taylor Laufenberg, Undergraduate Research Scholar
Hunter Hampton, University Honors and Undergraduate Research Scholar
Vice-President for Research Awards Oral
Adekunle Adepoju, Undergraduate Research Scholar
Taylor Strange, Undergraduate Research Scholar
Congratulations to all of the 2015 Student Research Week winners!