Undergraduate research symposium recognizes scholarly work of students

Tue, 05/31/2022 – 16:06 | From: David Tisdale The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (UGS) Symposium, which highlights the outstanding work of its undergraduate students, was held on April

Tue, 05/31/2022 – 16:06 | From: David Tisdale

The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (UGS) Symposium, which highlights the outstanding work of its undergraduate students, was held on April 23. at the Thad Cochran Center and the RC Cook University Union on the Hattiesburg campus. . This was the first live SKU since 2019 (due to COVID-19) and was co-hosted by the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) and Honors College (HC).

The UGS Presentation and Arts Showcase awards are sponsored by USM alumni Mr. Donald Flag and the Miss Southern Partners for the Arts, respectively.

“After having to cancel UGS 2020 and switch to pre-recorded presentations for UGS 2021, we were thrilled to once again host UGS 2022 as an in-person event,” said Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, Acting Dean of Honors College and Director of the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research. “You simply can’t experience the excitement of presenting or performing in front of a live audience in an online format.

“As noted by faculty jury members and guests, the quality of our students’ research and creative work and their presentations has been particularly impressive this year. Our keynote speaker, alum Leslie Stevens, was dynamic and focused her keynote address to the students in attendance by providing insightful advice on research; and as in previous years, USM’s talented visual artists and performers were featured in the Arts Showcase, which is now sponsored by Partners for the Arts. We couldn’t be happier.

The 2022 UGS award winners and their competition categories are as follows:

*The practice of the artist as research

First place – Taylor Alleman
Second place – Skye Bortz
Third place – Brittany Tolbert

*Behavioral sciences: memory and learning

First place – Isabel Stoker and Garima Puri

*Behavioral sciences: coping and reacting

First place – Sarah Swan
Second place – Kirsten Speights

*Business or public policy

First place – Lauren Beverly
Second place – Landon McFarland
Third place – Sophie Unson

*Environment/Sustainability: Coastal or Marine

First place – Faith Robinson
Second place – Baylor Lynch

*Environment/Sustainability: freshwater or terrestrial

First place – Malia Davidson
Second place – Hart Williams

*Education and parenthood

First place – Jasmine Plummer

*Gender and Sexuality Studies

First place – Chrystle Morman

* Functions of genes and proteins

First Place – Ashley Grantham, Julia Cates, Ashleigh Burgess, Maegan Williams, Jarrett Herron, Nicole Roa, Lexee Bosarge, Nathaniel Hatton

Second place – Yeseul Bae
Third place – Hannah Guichet

*health and wellbeing

First place – Ianna Marshall

Second place – Sophia Oswalt
Third place – Liam Luckett

*Literary and historical studies

First place – Xian Maynor
Second place – Eden Duley
Third place – Olivia Ladner

*Materials and Structures: Synthesis

First place – Billie Brashears and Ashley Bailey; Aiden Leise

*Materials and structures: Design and analysis

First place – Rosemary Panella
Second place – Keely Hoppmeyer, Chloe Klusman

*Mississippi INBRE: Best presentation on a biomedical topic

First place – Sydney Boyd
Second place – Jack Patterson

*The Women and Gender Studies Program

Women’s and Gender Studies Prize – Brittney Clayborn

*Arts Showcase Award: Visual Arts

Donisha Edwards, Brittney Brown, Grace May, Natalie Fortenberry, Desirae Oliver

*Arts Showcase Award: Instrumental/Vocal Performance

Casey Johnson, Skye Tobias, Brietta Goodman

*Arts Showcase Award: Choreography/Dance

Damion Seymour, Aki Holder, Brittany Tolbert, Kathryn Marchand, Natalie Davis

*Arts Showcase Award: Creative Writing

Brooklyn Smith

For more information on undergraduate research at USM, visit https://www.usm.edu/undergraduate-research/index.php.