19th Annual UA System Honors Research Conference welcomed over 30 honors students across three campuses – UAB, UAH, and UA

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Honors College hosted the 19th Annual University of Alabama (UA) System’s Honors Research Conference on Saturday, Nov. 16, where 31 undergraduate honor students from UAB, UA and the University of Alabama in Huntsville presented their completed research projects in a poster or oral presentation format. Presentations included a vast array of topics – Precision Medicine, History of China, Galaxy Clusters, Alzheimer’s Disease, Quality of Life, Liebig’s Law, among other selections.

Hemant Srivastava, a UAB junior majoring in neuroscience, standing in front of his poster titled: “The Metabolic and Cognitive Characteristics of a Novel Rat Model for Alzheimer’s Disease”Hemant Srivastava, a UAB junior majoring in neuroscience Students spent the day exchanging ideas with their peers, while gaining expertise on national research standards. Esteemed faculty including, Charles Ray Nash, Ed.D., Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, UA System and Pam Benoit, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, UAB, were in attendance to hear presentations and award the winners. Additional faculty and staff from the respective campuses judged the presentation entries. Every year, the conference is hosted by one of the three Honors Colleges in the UA system on a three-year rotation basis.

“I continue to be amazed by the talent, knowledge, intellect, and maturity that our students exhibit each and every day, and especially during our University of Alabama System Honors Research Day each year,” said Charles Ray Nash, Ed.D., Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs of the University of Alabama System. “Our students, their mentors, and the judges did remarkable jobs in showcasing the extraordinary competence, expanse of interests, and deep analytical thinking represented by our students through the work of our Honors Colleges. Already, I look forward to our 2020 Honors Research Day that will be hosted by UA. Thanks to UAB for providing this opportunity for students to express their wide and deep academic prowess!”

The poster and oral categories awarded first, second and third place to students. There were two first place winners in the poster category:

  • Kendall Curtis, a UAB senior majoring in neuroscience for her entry, “Dendritic Spine Structural Remodeling provides Cognitive Resilience against Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology”
  • Jason Zhang, a UAB senior majoring in biomedical engineering for his entry, “A Novel Approach against Conformational Diseases: Unfolded Protein Response Initiated Stress Communication”

Additionally, the oral category had one winner:

  • Jordan McGill, a UAB senior majoring in chemistry for his entry, “Study of Designer Benzodiazepines Sold Online: Characterization of Flubromazolam and Development of in vitro Metabolism Analytical Method by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy”

Runner up presentation winners:

  • Hemant Srivastava, a UAB junior majoring in neuroscience for his entry, “The Metabolic and Cognitive Characteristics of a Novel Rat Model for Alzheimer’s Disease” (second place, poster presentation)
  • Alexis Lambert, a UAB senior majoring in neuroscience for her entry, “Dextromethorphan in Fibromyalgia: Results from Controlled Trial Interim Analysis” (third place, poster presentation)
  • Aleksandra Foksinska, a UAB senior majoring in biology for her entry, “Characterizing Precision Medicine Approaches for Diverse Variant Impact Classifications” (second place, oral presentation)
  • Micah Armstrong, a UAB senior majoring in materials science and engineering for his entry, “Nanofiber-based syntactic foams for use as catalyst support” (third place, oral presentation)*
  • Parker Rose, a UAB senior majoring in Philosophy for her entry, “The Case for Paid Parental Leave” (third place, oral presentation)*

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* Denotes there were two third place winners in the oral presentation category

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