ASU Students to Present Research at National Honors Conference
November 06, 2017
Eleven students in the Angelo State University Honors Program have been selected to present their research projects at the 52nd annual National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference Nov. 7-12 in Atlanta.
The NCHC Conference annually highlights student and faculty research presentations from across the nation, and provides training and development for honors program administrators and student leaders. The national submission process for student research projects is highly selective, with hundreds of honors students from throughout the U.S. submitting proposals each year.
For ASU this year, Julia McDaniel, a senior theatre/psychology double major from Seagraves, will present her research paper, “Intimate Partner Violence in Three Theatrical Productions: The Arts as Mediator of Social Views and Social Conscience,” in the Student Independent Research Panel section. Her research poster, “Lighting Design for a Modern Day ‘Julius Caesar,’” was also selected for the poster competition.
Eight other ASU students were selected to present in the research poster competition, including:
- Tyler Birk, senior biology major from Abilene – “Bacteriophage Isolation for Bacteria Pathogenic to Humans from Wastewater”
- Evelyn Burch, junior political science major from Clinton, Md. – “Evaluating the Success of NAFTA as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy”
- Sydney Decker, sophomore biology major from San Angelo – “Investigation of the Phylogeographic Structure of the Subspecies of Northern Yellow Bats (Dasypterus intermedius) by Molecular Analysis”
- Sam Harrison, senior biology major from Abilene – “Microsatellite Analysis of two morphologically similar bat species Myotis ciliolabrum and Myotis californicus”
- Hunter Miears, senior biology major from Kerrville – “Generation of pigment mutants of staphylococcus aureus and subsequent antibiotic testing”
- Danielle Molotsky, senior biology major from San Angelo – “Isolation of antibiotic producers from soil”
- Jenna Placzek, junior chemistry major from Cedar Park – “Progress Towards a Green Double Allylation Methodology”
- Emily Vidal, junior mathematics major from Pearland – “Comparative Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Techniques on Mass Cytometry Data”
Additionally, Brenna Hudson, a senior exercise science major from Pflugerville, will perform in the Dance Masterclass, and Emily Krause, a senior English major from Burleson, will participate in the Poetry Masterclass. Angela Chen, a junior biology major from Helotes, will be presented one of three Freddye T. Davy scholarships from the NCHC Diversity Committee. Parker Adamson, sophomore physics major from Plainview, will also attend the conference as a delegate.
This year’s conference is themed “Just Honors” and will explore how the honors faculty and students can address the issues of access, equity and technology as key partners in the community. The NCHC anticipates over 2,000 students and faculty hailing from all 50 states to be in attendance, as well as visitors from the Netherlands, Great Britain, China, Qatar and Australia. Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of “Just Mercy,” will give the plenary address.
While in Atlanta, the ASU students will also have the opportunity to explore the city through the NCHC’s City as Text Program, network with other honors students and faculty from across the country and around the world, and celebrate the unique community created by honors education. ASU alumnus Darrin Carroll has arranged a special tour of the Center for Disease Control for the ASU group, as well.
Other keynote speakers slated for the conference include Ken Polite, former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control; and Tom Matson, senior executive leadership strategist with CliftonStrengths, Gallup Research.