Vikings score big at 7th annual research conference
Bonnie Winston April 05, 2009
Elizabeth City State University student researchers won first and second-place awards
in the 7th Annual Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research and Prospective Graduate Student
Conference held recently in Blacksburg, Va.
George Harris, an engineering technology major, who is majoring in biology, received
first-place honors in the judged competition for their oral presentation, "A Hybrid
Solution for Renewable Energy." Their research advisor on the project was Dr. Mehran
Elahi. Winning second place in the same category were Shavonda Evans and Megha Patel.
Evans, who is a biology pre-medical major, and Patel, biology major, presented research
on "Effect of TRAIL on Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancer Cell Lines HTB-129."
Dr. Hirendranath Banerjee served as their research advisor.
More than 130 undergraduates from 10 colleges and universities participated in the
conference held on April 6, 2009, at the Skelton Conference Center on Virginia Tech's
The annual event showcases students' involvement in research and creative scholarship
while enhancing their presentation skills through the competition. The 40 oral and
48 poster presentations involved such wide-ranging topics as "Community-Based Sustainable
Development Planning" to "Wolverine: Conflicted Hero in Conflicting Times."
The conference also featured sessions on graduate education as a post-baccalaureate
Five students and four faculty/staff members represented ECSU at the two day event.
The conference was sponsored by Virginia Tech's Center for Academic Enrichment and
Excellence, the Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation,
the Virginia Tech Division of Research and the Virginia Tech Graduate School.
For additional information, contact Warren E. Poole, interim director of ECSU's Office
of Summer School, (252) 335-3670, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kesha Williams, ECSU director
of media relations, (252) 335-3686, email@example.com.