FAU Broward students Idaly Velez Uribe; Stephanie Coradin, Olufunmilayo Akinpelu, Jasmin Evangelista, Elizabeth Bockstege, Harris David Goldsmith, George Kaldas, Nora Alnoury, Stephanie Khoury, April Schneeloch emerged as the big winners in the Fifth Annual Broward Student Research Symposium held March 27, 2015 at the FAU Davie campus.
The annual student research symposium provides researchers in the categories of doctoral, masters and undergraduate to present their projects and the selection of the best in its class by a panel of judges comprised of faculty.
Forty-five students, guided by their faculty advisors, participated this year.
"Although we only recognize one individual from each of the categories, all of the students were winners based on the high quality of research they presented," said Donald Torok, Associate Dean, College of Education, Broward Campuses, who also served as the emcee and host of the event.
In the doctoral category, Idaly Velez Uribe, a doctoral student in the Charles E, Schmidt College of Science, Department of Psychology. won for her project: Do Bilinguals Evaluate Emotion Laden Words Equally in Both Languages. Her faculty advisor was Dr. Monica Rosselli.
"My plans for future research include expanding on the topic of bilingualism and emotions by improving the methodology used in this study and including electrophysiological (EEG) and electrodermal reactivity measures,” said Velez Uribe. “Another objective is to broaden the sample scope and include a larger amount of late bilinguals as well as aging bilinguals to further explore this matter."
In the master’s category, Stephanie Coradin, Olufunmilayo Akinpelu, Jasmin Evangelista, and Elizabeth Bockstege; Graduate Students in the Christine E Lynn College of Nursing. won for their project: Best Practices For Assessing Early Warning Signs of Life-Threatening Physical Decompensation in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients. Their faculty advisor was Dr. Vanessa Johnson.
"Our next step is to conduct an original mixed method study in which healthcare provider perspectives, institutional policies and quantitative patient outcomes are measured in pediatric patients with diverse chronic conditions,” said Akinpelu. "We believe that active involvement in research will strengthen our abilities as future nurse practitioners to serve Florida's communities with excellence."
In the undergraduate category, Harris David Goldsmith, George Kaldas, Nora Alnoury, Stephanie Khoury, and April Schneeloch, Undergraduate Students in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, Department of Biological Sciences won for their project, Chemotherapeutic Effects of the Topoisomerase- I Inhibitor Enzyme Inhibitor Topotecan and Its Synergism With High Dosage Vitamin C on Prostate Cancer Cells. Their faculty advisor was Dr. James Kumi-Diaka.
"We are excited for the opportunity to get back in the lab and continue our research with respect to cancer,” said Goldsmith. "Personally, I look forward to furthering my education at FAU with a Masters degree focusing on Reproductive Pathophysiology-Oncology, under the tutelage of Dr. Kumi-Diaka."
Anthony Abbate, Associate Provost for the Broward Campuses, praised all of the winners and added: "This symposium represents the true value of the educational experience at FAU," he said.
(1) NPR member station WLRN-FM/91.3 covered the event and aired a segment on the research of one the participants.
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(2) Click here for the 2015 Broward Research Symposium program