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U of M’s Helen Hardin Honors Program Students Will Present Research at State Capitol University News
For release: December 15, 2009

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Six University of Memphis honors students will be among 40 students from across the state who will participate in the fourth annual Posters at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Nashville. The event will highlight the high caliber of research being conducted by undergraduate students at state universities in Tennessee, and it will help members of Tennessee’s legislature and the governor realize the importance of providing undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in scholarly research.

The U of M students and their projects are:

Elizabeth Allen, senior English major from Millington, “The Country is Gone: Flannery O’Connor’s South in Wise Blood.” Her faculty mentor is Dr. Barbara Ching.

Holly Hendrix, senior architecture major from Memphis, “Old Town Millington Strengthening Communities Grant.” Her faculty mentor is Dr. Michael Hagge.

Sara Jordan, senior psychology major from Jonesboro, Ark., “Do Different Emotions in Language Produce Switching Costs?” Her faculty mentor is Dr. Max Louwerse.

Marvin Mecwan, senior biomedical engineering and mathematical sciences major from Memphis, “Effect of Molecular Weight of CTS Degraded by Microwave Irradiation on Bone Tissue Engineering Applications.” His faculty mentor is Dr. Joel Bumgardner.

Samantha Patton, senior psychology major from Germantown, “Evidence Showing the Ability of FPA to Increase the Productivity of the WINCS Using a Levadopa-treated Parkinsonian Animal Model.” Her faculty mentor is Dr. Charles Blaha.

MacKenzie Sinden-Redding, senior electrical engineering, physics, and mathematical sciences major from Eads, Tenn., “Investigation of the Martian Dust Capture Properties of RTV655 and Silica Aerogels.” His faculty mentor is Dr. Firouzeh Sabri.

The 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.

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