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Undergraduate Research Symposium Winners Named

FullTextImage/img/@altCmdr. Dan Joseph '91, associate professor of applied mathematics, listens while cadets discuss their posters during the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium.--VMI Photo by John Robertson IV.

LEXINGTON, Va., April 30, 2014 - The VMI Center for Undergraduate Research has announced the winners of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which took place this year on April 22.

Held at VMI each year since 2001, the Undergraduate Research Symposium is designed to encourage and recognize outstanding research by undergraduates in all academic disciplines. While most presenters at the symposium are VMI cadets, a number of students from nearby colleges and universities participate in the symposium each year.

“[The Undergraduate Research Symposium] is part of a larger effort to contribute to the cadets’ academic and professional development,” said Maj. Megan Newman, VCUR director. “We want to showcase the really fantastic academic work that these cadets and their advisers have been working on.”

Awards are given in four categories: engineering, sciences, social sciences, and liberal arts. Within each category, there are awards for both posters and oral presentations.

This year’s winners are as follows:

Posters, engineering -- Paul Cicero ’14, mechanical engineering, first; Cameron Weatherholtz ’14, civil engineering, second; Luke Butler ’14, mechanical engineering, third.

Oral presentations, engineering -- Jonathan Reardon ’14, mechanical engineering, first; Michael Mayhew ’14, Paige Nardozzo ’14, and Chung-Yu Liu ’14, mechanical engineering, second; Phat Atran ’14, mechanical engineering, third.

Posters, sciences -- Angelo Kirchon ’16 and Abraham Jordan ’14, chemistry, first; Carly Day ’14, chemistry, second, and Elliott Matthews ’14, physics, second; Jacob Hyde ’17, Gabe Hammock ’17, and Kenny Yuan ’17, chemistry, third.

Oral presentation, sciences -- Alyssa Ford ’14, biology, first; Georgina Griffith, Southern Virginia University, second; David Warner ’16, biology, third.

Oral presentations, social science -- Timothy Potter ’14, international studies, first; Sean McVey ’15, psychology, second; Colleen Dickson, Bridgewater College, third.

Oral presentations, liberal arts -- Chantal Stark ’15, modern languages and cultures, first; William Dodson ’14, modern languages and cultures/history, second; Ryan McDaniel ’14, modern languages and cultures, third.

Support for the Undergraduate Research Symposium, including cash prizes awarded to winners, is provided by the Jackson-Hope Fund.