Undergraduate Scholars to Showcase Research and Creativity at Statewide Symposium Hosted by UNCW

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Undergraduate researchers across North Carolina will gather at UNCW this weekend to showcase their ingenuity and creativity. The annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in various locations on campus.

The symposium provides undergraduate scholars a forum to share the results of their research through posters, presentations, performances and works of art. The event will feature more than 400 presenters from high schools, community colleges and four-year public and private universities.

“This is an impactful symposium because it allows students from across North Carolina to present their work in a supportive and inclusive environment and practice skills necessary to present at conferences,” said Dr. Nathan Grove, chemistry professor and director of the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. CSURF is a resource to coordinate opportunities and information related to UNCW undergraduate research and scholarship.

In addition to the presentations, four undergraduate researchers will be recognized as George Barthalmus Undergraduate Research Award recipients during the symposium. The award promotes early involvement in research by supporting sophomores in a research project of their design. This year’s recipients are:

  • Sophie Spaulding, UNCW, biochemistry major
  • Yara Kayali, UNC Charlotte, biology major
  • Ethan Muckerheide, High Point University, psychology major
  • Nicholas Woodlief Campbell University, chemistry major

The award is named in honor of the late Dr. George T. Barthalmus, the driving force behind the creation of the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. He advocated for the early involvement of students in the research process to engage and retain students in academics.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. in the atrium in the Watson College of Education building. The event is sponsored by The University of North Carolina System, North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and UNCW Center for Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

-- Venita Jenkins