CBU School of Sciences
Student Research in Science
Research Poster Session

At CBU students don't just study science, they do science. In addition to having labs with most science lecture courses (20 of 25 biology courses, 12 of 16 chemistry courses, and 7 of 12 physics courses have labs), every science degree has a research requirement in the senior year. We have an Annual Student Research Poster Session at CBU where students get to present their research, and see other students' research, right on campus. The picture on the left was taken at the 2006 session on April 18, 2006. Follow the links to see pictures from previous years: the 2006 Session, the 2005 Session, the 2004 Session, the 2003 Session, the 2002 Session, the 2001 Session, the 2000 Session, and the 1999 Session.

In addition to the in-house session, CBU students have presented their research at regional and national meetings and have achieved top honors - see below for details.


Tennessee Academy of Science 2007 meeting

Biology
Chemistry
Mathematics / Computer Science
Natural Science
Physics

Biology

Our Biology majors do their senior research project either with one of the department's faculty, or with a researcher at one of the University of Tennessee at Memphis (graduate) colleges, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the University of Memphis, or the Memphis Zoo. Here is a Slide Show that explains our research program. Many of these research projects results in papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

This fall (2006), Sheharyar Minhas won a statewide second-place award in the Cell and Molecular Oral Presentation section at the Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS) session at Austin Peay University.

This spring (2007), Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald took four students to the National Convention for Alpha Chi in San Antonio on March 15-18. Three students made presentations, two of these are biology and one is an engineering major with a biology minor. Sana Mujahid presented Characterization of Lysophosphatidic Acid 3 Receptor Using Computationally Guided Site-directed Mutagenesis. Sheharyar Minhas presented Incorporation of HA into H5N1 Vaccine Virus is Independent of Matrix Gene Origin. Ashley Prevost presented CpG Island Methylation in Prostate Cancer Cell Line. Jennifer Aldrich attended as the voting member and the junior class representative.

This spring (2007), 17 CBU Biology seniors (See the picture on the right) presented papers on Saturday, March 24, at the Western Collegiate Tennessee Academy of Sciences meeting hosted by LeMoyne Owen College. CBU biology students won 3 of the first place awards in the 4 divisions that they participated in.


TN ACAD participants 2006

Last spring (2006), 15 CBU Biology seniors (See picture on the right) participated in the 2006 Western Regional meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Division held at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center on March 18, 2006. Two CBU student papers won awards.


TN ACAD participants 2005

In the spring of 2005, 15 CBU Biology seniors (see picture with Br. Edward Salgado on middle right and Dr. Fitzgerald on top right with 13 of the CBU partcipants) participated in the 2005 Western Regional meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Division held at CBU on March 19, 2005. Three CBU student papers won awards.


TN ACAD participants 2004

In the spring of 2004, 9 CBU Biology seniors (see picture on right with Dr. Fitzgerald on far left) participated in the 2004 Western Regional meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Division held at Rhodes College on April 3, 2004.


TN ACAD winner 2003

In the spring of 2003, twenty of our CBU students presented papers at the 2003 Western Regional meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Division held at Union University on April 5, 2003. Scott Adelman, pictured on the left with Br. Edward Salgado, Dr. Anna Ross, and Dr. Mary Ogilvie of CBU's Biology Department, won one of the two best paper awards.


TN ACAD winners 2002

In the spring of 2002, sixteen of our CBU students presented papers at the 2002 Western Regional meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Division held at LaMoyne-Owen College on March 23, 2002. Reem Awwad and Tenitia Hobson, pictured on the right, won best of the session awards.


TN ACAD winners 2001

In 2001, CBU students won three of the four best of the session awards at the 2001 Western Regional meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Division held at the University of Memphis on March 24, 2001.

Pictured to the left are the four winners. From left to right: Rachel Rome (CBU), Jessie Morgan (CBU), Lewis Pearson (CBU), and Brent Morris (Union U.)

In 2000, CBU students won seven of the nine best of the session awards at the 2000 Western Regional meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences Collegiate Division held at CBU on March 25, 2000.

TN ACAD winnners

Pictured to the right are seven of the nine winners. From left to right: Elizabeth Serex (Rhodes College), Amy Fallon (CBU), Roberto Martinez (CBU), Amisha Gandhi (CBU), Kathrin Brown (CBU), F.H."Rusty" Rodriguez (CBU), and Aimee S. Dunlop-Lehtila (U. of Memphis). Not pictured are Nicole Walker (CBU) and James Allen (CBU).

In 1999, CBU students won three of the five best of the session awards, and two of these students won the top two overall awards.
biology student presenters

Pictured to the right are four of the twenty CBU student presenters at the Tennessee Academy of Sciences spring, 1999, meeting. From left to right: Angel Barritt, Brinson Boyte, Suzana Malik, and Ash Rasoul.


1998 biology winners

At the 1998 TAS meeting, CBU students won two of the three awards, including first place, at the Tennessee Academy of Science, West Tennessee Division, competition held at Union University in Jackson, TN. Dr. Fitzgerald is pictured with the two winners: Trent Gullet (right) and Felix Vazquez-Chona (left).

In 1997, CBU biology students won five out of seven awards at the Tennessee Academy of Science, West Tennessee Division, competition held at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. (See Journal of the Tennessee Academcy of Science, Vol 72, Issue 3-4, pp73-84.)


Chemistry
Priya Patel and her poster

Our Chemistry majors do their senior research project either with one of the department's faculty, with a researcher at one of the local research institutions (University of Tennessee at Memphis or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital), or during the summer with a researcher in an undergraduate research program at some major research institution (University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, University of Kentucky, Southern Mississippi University, to name a few).

This spring (2007), Whitney Donald worked with Dr. David Dawson (CBU) and presented a paper at the Student Research Poster session on Identification of Stable forms of Calyculaglycosides A-C through Molecular Modeling. Mitchell Lingerfelt worked with Raghunandan Yendapally and Richard E. Lee (both from the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences) and presented a paper at the Student Research Poster Session on Asymmetric Synthesis of 1,2-Amino Alcohols for use as Precursurs to Analogs of Ethambutol. Phuc Anh Nguyen worked with Dr. Dennis Merat (CBU) and presented a paper at the Student Research Poster Session on Characterization of an Unusual Calcium- binding Protein From the Genus Ilex.

Last spring (2006), Oscar Herrera, Eleenaw Jefferson, and Priya Patel (see image on left) attended the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence research symposium at the University of Arkansas, Febraury 24-25. The students presented their senior research projects in the poster competition. Priya Patel's poster entitled "Functional Role of PKC in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells" placed second in the Chemistry & Biochemistry competition. Senior chemistry majors Oscar Herrera, Eleenaw Jefferson, Priya Patel, and Sarah Wright made oral presentations of their senior research projects at the 29nd Annual Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting (ACCM) at the University of Tennessee-Martin on Saturday April 29. The ACC Meeting is in conjunction with a Green Chemistry program involving Industry-Academe interaction sponsored by the Kentucky Lakes, Memphis, and Nashville Local Sections of the American Chemical Society.


David Tran's poster

During the spring of 2005, David Tran (see the image on the right) presented a poster at the 229th Annual Meeting of the American Chemical Society at San Diego, CA., on March 14, 2005. His research entitled "Synthesis and Characterization of a series of Iron Chloride Layered Perovskites" was performed in the chemistry labs of the University of New Orleans. David was a participant of the NSF sponsored Summer Research Program in the Solid State which was administered at Clemson University. He attended a one-week tutorial on the Clemson campus before moving to the University of New Orleans campus for the research.

ACCM meeting 2005

David Grandy presented a poster at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society at Long Beach, CA, on Feb. 14, 2005. His research entitled "Identification of Novel Antagonists for the PDZ domain of Dishevelled" was performed in the labs at St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Michael Beebe and Rachael Park presented their senior research at the Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting (ACCM) of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) held at Murray State on April 11, 2005. Michael and Rachael are pictured on the left with Dr. Ann Nalley, President Elect of the American Chemical Society and Dr. Mike Condren, CBU SAACS Sponsor. Michael's paper is entitled: "Protein Patterns in Fruit Maturation of Species of the Genus Ilex." Rachael's paper is entitled: "Protein Kinase C-alpha Suppression with AD-198 Drug Administration in Human Erythroleukemia (K-562) Cells."

Melanie Joyner presented her senior research project, "Isolation and Characterization of Possible Calcium-Binding Proteins in Actinidia Deliciosa", at the 37th Annual Southeat Regional American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Conference at Mississippi State University on April 1, 2005.


Jeff Crisp

During the spring of 2004, Candice Chorley presented her research paper, "Isolation and Partial Characterization of a Low Molecular Weight Protein from KiwiFruit" at the Twenty-Seventh Annual SAACS Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting held at the University of Tennessee at Martin in April, 2004.

During the spring of 2003, Jeffrey Crisp (pictured on the right) and Nikolaus Hagedorn presented their research papers at the American Chemical Society Spring, 2003, National Meeting in New Orleans, LA., in the Undergraduate Research Poster Sessions. The title of Jeff's paper is "Synthesis and electrochemistry of methyl polyethylene glycol-based polymers", and was coauthored with Dr. J.E. Ritchie from the Univeristy of Mississippi. Nick's paper is entitled: "Early analysis of Fe/Si meteorites in order to determine a connection with asteroids", and was coauthored with Drs. D. Sears, P.H.Benoit, and M.S.Kareev from the University of Arkansas.

Analice Hosey In the summer of 2001, Analice Hosey participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program at Louisiana State University.

In the spring of 2000, seniors Emily Biggs and Kasey Key gave great presentations at the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society's Regional Meeting at the University of Tennessee - Martin on April 15.

2000 chemistry students

Also attending the meeting were Dr. Lyle Wescott, Analice Hosey, Sue Nguyen, Hilaire Playa, and chapter advisor Dr. Mike Condren. The keynote speaker was the 1999 ACS President Dr. Ed Wasserman from DuPont in Willimington.

Front Row: (left to right) Sue Nguyen, Analice Hosey, Emily Biggs, and Kasey Key. Back Row: Hilaire Playa, Dr. Lyle Wescott, Dr. Ed Wasserman, and Dr. Mike Condren.

In 1999, Tammy Nguyen presented her work at the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society's 1999 Area Chemistry Conference at Murray State University on Saturday, April 10th, 1999. The title of Tammy's paper is "Irinotecan-Converting Enzyme Activity in Pediatric Neuroblastoma Xenografts" with Dr. Clinton F. Stewart at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In 1998, five of our six chemistry seniors presented their research at the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society's 1998 Regional Meeting at the University of Tennessee at Martin in April.

Our sixth chemistry major, Christina Bradley, presented her research at a meeting held at the University of Memphis.

In 1997, Brian Polk, one of our chemistry majors, won $50.00 as Best Presenter in his Session of the SAACS Regional Meeting (American Chemical Society) at Murray State University on April 26, 1997. There were presenters at the meeting from Austin Peay University, Murray State University, St. Louis University, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Memphis, & University of Tennessee-Martin.
 


Math Research

Computer Science and Mathematics

Computer Science majors have a senior project whose sponsor is a person in the business world.

Math majors have a senior project whose sponsor is a person in the business world or a faculty member.

This spring (2007), J.P.Masterson worked with Professor Cathy Carter (CBU) and presented a paper at the Student Research Poster Session on The Perron-Frobenius Theorem and Team Rankings: Use of matrix operations to rank the CBU Men's Basketball Team. Nathanm Chantara also worked with Professor Cathy Carter (CBU) and presented a paper at the Student Research Poster Session on Group Theory and the Rubik's Cube.

In 2006, Shawn Morgan presented a poster "CBU Baseball and the Markov Chain" at the CBU poster session. His research advisor was Professor Cathy Carter.

In 2005, Micah Wheeler presented his research poster at the CBU poster session. It was entitled "A Trapezoidal Method for a Volterra System of Integral Equations." The Maple worksheet developed from this research has been published by Maplesoft at the Maple Application Center web site which can be found here . Micah is pictured with his research advisor, Dr. Leigh Becker, on the right. Al Whittington presented his research poster at the CBU poster session in 2005. It was entitled "Elliptical Geometery". His research advisor was Br. Joel Baumeyer.


math poster

In the picture on the left Johan Reimann talks to Ms. Carter about his math research poster displayed at the CBU poster session in April, 2001. His project was entitled: "Optimal Resource Distribution in a Network."

In 1999, Jason Sass worked with Dr. Leigh Becker in the area of differential equations and presented his research on March 5-6, 1999, at the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The title is "A Mathematical Study of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Chemical Reaction".

In 1998, Cathy Eichholz, one of our computer science majors, won acceptance into the CRA (Computing Research Association) Mentor Project. This provides a research opportunity during the summer and involves a stipend for the student.

In the past couple of years, Shital Shah, one of our computer science majors, won a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate award in computer science.See Shital's REU picture. Meg Johnson, one of our mathematics majors, won a similar award in mathematics.
 

CBU Physics Image

Natural Science

Our Natural Science majors often have a research project more in line with the general science nature of the degree. There are several avenues open to them. They can work with the professor in charge of the senior research. They can work with one of the psychology professors. Or, for those specializing in one of the particular areas of science (such as biology), they have the same opportunities to work with researchers as the other majors have.



 

Physics & Engineering Physics

Michael Morris

This spring (2007) Mathew Morgan worked with Dr. John Varriano (CBU) and presented a paper at the Student Research Poster Session on Using Quantum Oscillators and Perturbation Theory to Estimate the Van der Waals Force.

Michael Morris (pictured on the right with Dr. Holmes and Dr. Beard) presented the results of his senior research project at the CBU Student Research Poster Session on April 20, 2004 and in a talk at the School of Sciences on April 29, 2004. Michael's project, entitled "Empirical Analysis of Two Methods for the Determination of Planck’s Constant", was performed in the Optics Laboratory at CBU. The first method relied on the photoelectric effect to measure h while the second method used photonic emission from light emitting diodes.


physics research

Michael McClung (Physics/Engineeirng Physics, 2002) (see Michael's picture on the left) participated in the 2001 National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Michael spent ten weeks with the high energy physics group and assisted in the construction and testing of a muon detector to be used at CERN. The testing phase will be conducted at the Tri-University Meson Facility (TRIUMF) in Vancouver. The program covers cost for travel, room and board, and gives a research stipend.

During the summer of 1998, Roberto Martinez II was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship at Ames Laboratory, located on the campus of Iowa State University. Roberto worked for 10 weeks in the summer with Dr. David Vaknin in condensed matter physics. Specifically, they used x-ray scattering in liquids to investigate quasicrystalline structures. The fellowship included travel expenses, housing, and a stipend.

Recent research projects performed by our physics and engineering physics majors over the last couple of years are located at: physics student research
Senior Research Poster Session

To the right is a view from the 2001 CBU Senior Research Poster Session held on April 17, 2001.
For more information, contact Dr. Johnny B. Holmes, Dean.  Send e-mail now to jholmes@cbu.edu

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