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Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference Awards Student Researchers

Apr 13, 2018

Seven West Virginia Wesleyan College students were awarded top honors at the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference held on Wesleyan’s campus in late March. All disciplines were welcome to submit research work for consideration. The Conference featured over 35 presentations in fields ranging from English to history to exercise science, physics, math, and biology.

Presentations were judged in humanities or the sciences. In the humanities category, William Wasson, a senior history and political science major from Martinsburg, WV, received first place with his research, “Fathers of the Constitution.” Esha Pell, a junior psychology major from Charleston, WV, was awarded second place for research entitled “Islamic Economics versus Western Capitalism.” Joie Johnston, a senior history major from Hurricane, WV, took third place with her topic, “The Supreme Court during the Civil War.”

Melissa Guydish, a junior exercise science major from Bangor, PA, took top honors in the sciences category with her research on “Using Digitized Skeletal Remains to Conduct Osteological Analyses.” Second place was awarded to Tara Goldman, a senior exercise science from Madison, AL, and Alea Hess, a senior exercise science major from Morgantown, WV, for their team research on “Body Composition Technique: An Economical Tool to Determine Body Volume.” Cayla Collett, a senior physics major from Elkins, WV, cinched third place with research entitled “The Al/C02-02 Electrochemical Cell: A Method to Capture and Convert C02 into Electrical Energy.”

Conference attendees also had the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Dr. Mellissa Nixon ’10, who discussed her journey as a college student at Wesleyan to her current post-doctoral work in immune evasion of cancerous tumors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Pictured above are five of the top presenters with Keynote Speaker Dr. Mellissa Nixon.  From left: Will Wasson, Cayla Corbett, Esha Pell, Mellissa Nixon, Tara Goldman, Alea Hess and Melissa Guydish.  Not pictured is Joie Johnston.