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Farquhar Honors College Hosts Eighth Annual Undergraduate Student Symposium

2 students reviewing featured research projects

The annual Undergraduate Student Symposium showcased the outstanding scholarship of undergraduate students at NSU and featured student projects and performances through oral presentations, paper submissions, and poster displays.

The Farquhar Honors College hosted the eighth annual Undergraduate Student Symposium at Nova Southeastern University on April 3, 2009. The symposium showcased the outstanding scholarship of undergraduate students at NSU and featured student projects and performances through oral presentations, paper submissions, and poster displays. The day’s events also included the third annual NSU Undergraduate Film Festival with screenings of two student-made short films, which corresponded to the college’s 2008–2009 academic theme of “Life and Death.”

Featured research projects presented areas of student scholarship ranging from the experimental, applied, and computational to the theoretical, artistic, and literary. The symposium included student research in the biological and physical sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematics, humanities, health, business, and politics.

2009 Undergraduate Student Symposium award recipients:

---American Association of University Women (AAUW) Award: “The Effects of the Herbal Enzyme Bromelain Against Breast Cancer Cell Line GI101A,” by Alexandra Paroulek; faculty adviser: Mark Jaffe, D.P.M., assistant professor in the college’s Division of Math, Science, and Technology.

---NSU Undergraduate Film Festival | First Place:  Lament, directed by Michael McGregor; faculty advisers: Chetachi Egwu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the college’s Division of Humanities, and Weylin Sternglanz, Ph.D., assistant professor in the college’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

---Oral Presentations | First Place: “The Effects of the Herbal Enzyme Bromelain Against Breast Cancer Cell Line GI101A,” by Alexandra Paroulek; faculty adviser: Mark Jaffe, D.P.M., assistant professor in the college’s Division of Math, Science, and Technology.

---Oral Presentations | Second Place: “The World Ages in Myth and Science,” by Trevor Borg; faculty adviser: James Doan, Ph.D., professor in the college’s Division of Humanities.

---Oral Presentations | Third Place: “Social Support and Psychosocial Health Among HIV-Seropositive Individuals,” by Lydia Malcolm, Maria Marcoulli, Dyona Augustin, and Vera Lopez; faculty adviser: Mindy Ma, Ph.D., coordinator of psychology and assistant professor in the college’s Division of Math, Science, and Technology.

---Poster Presentations | First Place: Blockage of VEGF-Induced Angiogenesis with a Novel Anti-angiogenic (JFD) Drug,” by Crystal Romero; faculty adviser: Appu Rathinavelu, Ph.D., chairman, Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences Department in NSU’s College of Pharmacy.

---Poster Presentations | Second Place: “DNA Fingerprinting and Whole Genome Replication for the Identification of Microbacteria,” by Justin Piacentino and Shilpa Kailas; faculty adviser: Jose Lopez, Ph.D., associate professor in the college’s Division of Math, Science, and Technology.

---Poster Presentations | Third Place: “Modeling Health Care Data Using Regression Analysis,” by Giovanna Rivano and Diana Jablansky; faculty adviser: Ahmed Albatineh, Ph.D., assistant professor in the college’s Division of Math, Science, and Technology.

These students will be recognized at the Undergraduate Student Symposium Award Luncheon later in April.

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