For release: January 11, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Seven undergraduate students from the University of Memphis will present their research
projects during the annual “Posters at the Capitol” event Feb. 8 in Nashville.
Fifty-nine students from nine universities will present their research via posters
in the lobby of the state Capitol. Legislators will be encouraged to meet students
from their districts and see first-hand the outstanding research being conducted by
undergraduates from across the state.
The U of M students and their presentations and faculty mentors are:
Jonathan Bennett, senior political science major from Collierville, “Modernization and Sovereign Debt
Crises: The Case of Greece,” Dr. Matthias Kaelberer;
C.J. Hatch, senior physics major from Hampshire, Tenn., “Investigation and Comparison of the
Surface Properties of PDMS and Aerogels,” Dr. Firouzeh Sabri;
Caroline Melton, senior psychology major from Memphis, “The Color of Emotion,” Dr. Max Louwerse;
Kevin Newton, senior psychology major from Memphis, “Talking About a Traumatic Event: Does Someone
Need to Be Listening?”, Dr. Jeffrey Berman;
Melanie Sparks, senior chemistry major from Collierville, “Comparisons of Multiple Expression Systems
for the Study of Sphingosine Kinase-1,” Dr. Daniel Baker;
Omar Tamula, senior physics major from Shelbyville, Tenn., “Aerogel-based Peripheral Nerve Repair
Study: A Summary of In Vivo Data,” Dr. Firouzeh Sabri; and
Aaron Turner, senior English/interdisciplinary studies major from Cordova, “21st Century Battle
of Blair Mountain: Analysis of an Advocacy Campaign,” Dr. Ladrica Menson-Furr.
The U of M’s Helen Hardin Honors Program provides support for students to present
their research, creative works, and community-based learning projects at regional
and national conferences. For more information concerning “Posters at the Capitol”
or the Helen Hardin Honors Program, call 901-678-2690.