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Undergraduate Discovery Student Lecture Series

Undergraduate Discovery Student Lecture Series

UG Discovery Student Lecture Series

In partnership with UC Libraries, we present the university-wide Undergraduate Discovery Student Lecture Series. Happening once per semester, this series will feature outstanding undergraduate students from a variety of majors who have received the URSC Student of the Month Award. Students will present their faculty mentored project through oral presentation or performance. (To nominate an undergraduate click on the red "Nominate" button below)

Upcoming Spring 2014 Series:

Thursday April 17, 2014 4pm-5pm
Langsam Library

Free and Open to the UC Community and Public! Refreshments will be provided before and after the presentations!



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 Fall 2013 Recipients:

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Brian Barney

September Recipient: Taylor Okel (Computer Engineering)

Taylor is a sophomore Computer Engineering major who worked with Dr. Kelly Cohen over the course of the summer.   During this experience, he researched new heuristic approaches to solving a Traveling Salesman problem, the results of which will be presented at the Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium.  Outside of research, Taylor is a high performing student, maintaining a near 4.0 average.  Additionally, he works a part time job as a TA and grader for several Engineering Models classes.  Amidst his other responsibilities, he also finds time to be very active volunteerings within the surrounding communities.


October Recipient: Ronald Gillespie (Industrial Management)

Ron is a junior Industrial Management major working with UC's
Biodiesel Research Group led by Dr. Mingming Lu. His initial interest in the trap grease to biodiesel project began with entering the Ohio Clean Energy Contest in January 2013. This initial work has since transformed into a company called Effuelent which specializes in waste to energy. Ron and his team have won several awards, including the prestigious Oderbrecht award in September 2013 for sustainable communities (national level), and the NCIIA Phase I (National collegiate innovation alliance) in August 2013. In addition, Ron is also the President of the University of Cincinnati
Entrepreneurship Club and the Director of Sustainability through UC Student Government.

November Recipient: LeeAnn Lang (Psychology)

LeeAnn is a senior Psychology student, working under Dr. Heidi Kloos. She leads a team of four undergraduate researchers in studying the effect of extra-curricular science exposure on African-American middle-school girls. To measure the effectiveness of the science exposure, LeeAnn created a survey for the children, as well as a child-friendly focus-group. Her productive involvement with the community partners of this project has led to several additional projects that she has been asked to lead.  In addition to her research and studies, LeeAnn is also the Lab Coordinator of the Children’s Cognitive Research Lab at the University of Cincinnati.



December Recipient: Brian Barney (Health Sciences)

Brian is a  third year Health Sciences (Pre-Physical Therapy) student who spent this past summer conducting research at the UC Medical Center under Dr. Kari Dunning and Pierce Boyne. Brian’s research focused on the effectiveness of High-Intensity Interval Training as an exercise protocol for persons with chronic stroke. The results of this study are to be presented at the upcoming national conference for the American Physical Therapy Association. Brian is also a Cincinnatus Presidential Scholar, who will be taking part in the the University Honors Program’s LeaderShape Institute this month. In addition, Brian is also a member of the UC Men’s Track & Field team where he runs the 800 meter, as well a mentor in UC’s RECON Mentorship Program. 


 Summer 2013 Recipients:

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May Recipient: Charles Ebersbacker

Charles is a senior Biomedical Engineering major and co-op student,  working under Dr. Hyo-Jick Choi. Charles began his research experience through an REU Scholarship in 2011 that led to a position in the Nanobiological Systems Laboratory. His work there resulted in his first publication in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research, in 2012. In May 2012, Charles was awarded with the University Research Council (URC) Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship, which lead to a second publication in Nanotechnology, in 2013. Charles is currently working on clinical research involving the immune response from obesity and has a third publication in press. In addition to his exceptional research, and success as a co-op student, he has also taken a lead role in mentoring undergraduates in his lab and also through UC's RECON Mentorship Program.

June Recipient: Mona Jenkins

Mona is a senior majoring in Early Childhood Education and Psychology working with Dr. Victoria Carr in CECH and Dr. Heidi Kloos in A&S. Mona has recently been awarded the Charles A. Salie & Charlene A. Tucker Scholarship as well as UC's STARS and McNair Scholarship programs. Her research involves assessing the informal science learning of preschool children as they engage in outdoor settings such as the Arlitt PlayScape and the Cincinnati Nature Center. She is also responsible for the ongoing development of an iPad application to improve behavior mapping. She is currently the President of Psi Chi at UC, the International Honor Society in Psychology. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Serve Beyond Cincinnati at UC. She also co-founded and serves as a board member for the Erica J. Holloman Foundation.


July Recipient: Jarod Gregory

Jarod is a 4th-year CEAS ACCEND student, earning a B.S. in chemical engineering and M.S. in environmental engineering. Jarod has a 3.98 GPA and has been involved in research projects throughout his time at UC. He was part of a team that won an EPA P3 Award at the 2012 National Sustainable Design Expo for their work on biodiesel research, and was awarded an honorable mention for the nationally-prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in 2013 for his current research project entitled “Microbial Detection in Surface Waters” and classroom accomplishments. He was also awarded Student of the Month for July 2013 by the URSC. Jarod graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2009 with a degree in political science and transferred in to his current program after working on environment-related political issues for a year and half.


August Recipient: Allison Gregg

Allison is a junior CAHS student majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences. She is a Cincinnatus Scholar, as well as a Choose Ohio First scholarship recipient. Allison began her research experience as a freshman in high school where she presented in the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair. She went on to attend the Genomics Summer Camp at Hiram College her junior year which led to her selecting coursework her senior year that taught her basic techniques in biology research. Through her “Research and Careers in Biology” course here at UC she was encouraged to apply to UC’s WISE program. This past summer she was accepted as a WISE student working under Dr. Donita Bylski-Austrow. For her WISE research she examined microCT scans of juvenile rabbit knees that had undergone chronic repetitive stress. In addition to her research Allison has also given her time to a variety of volunteer projects for both local and national causes.


Click on an image below for a picture slideshow of the
Summer 2013 Undergraduate Discovery Student Lecture Series:

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Food Table
Dean Albrecht Welcoming crowd
Charles Ebersbacher Presenting
Charles presenting
Crowd watching
Crowd Watching
Mona Jenkins Presenting
Crowd Watching
Crowd Watching
Crowd watching
Jarod Gregory Presenting
Jarod Presenting
Crowd Watching
Crowd watching
Allison Gregg Presenting
Allison Presenting
Crowd watching
Crowd watching
Presenting Awards
Crowd Applauding
Mona and Heather
Charles and Friends
Mona and Mentor
Allison and Mentor

Click HERE to see the Spring 2013 Recipients and Slideshow!

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