Presenting with Honors

Honors students travel to national conference

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On November 16, 2017

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the Honors Program

Thirteen students from the Honors Program travelled to Atlanta, Georgia Nov. 7-12 to participate in the National Collegiate Honors Conference.

Eleven students presented research, eight students were selected to participate in the research poster competition, two participated in Masterclasses and one attended as a delegate.

Emily Vidal, junior mathematics major, won third prize in the poster division for Natural Sciences and Mathematics for her poster "Linear and Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Techniques on Mass Cytometry Data."

Vidal completed the research at a ten week research experience for undergraduates program that was run through UCONN’s Center for Quantitative Medicine.

Vidal said she was excited to receive third.

"I enjoyed answering questions in addition to receiving feedback and ideas for potentially expanding the scope of my study," Vidal said.

Evelyn Burch, junior political science major, presented her research paper "Evaluating the Success of NAFTA as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy."

"The most exciting part was interacting with scholars and students who asked specific questions about my research, particularly in light of the current administration’s position on NAFTA and the ongoing negotiations with Canada and Mexico," Burch said. "I enjoyed answering questions in addition to receiving feedback and ideas for potentially expanding the scope of my study."

Angela Chen, junior biology major, received one of three Freddye T. Davy Scholarships to support attendance of underrepresented students at the conference.

Emily Krause, senior English major, presented original poetry in the Poetry Masterclass Showcase and Brenna Hudson, senior exercise science major, participated in the Dance Masterclass.

Julia McDaniel, senior theatre/psychology double major, was one of only 13 students nationwide selected to present her research as an oral presentation in the Student Independent Research Panel sessions.

While in Atlanta, the students had the opportunity to explore the Center for Disease Control.

The tour was set up through ASU alumni Darrin Carroll, Marcie Revelez and Clint Morgan.

"It was really awesome," Vidal said. "They had a really fascinating exhibit on the Ebola Epidemic and other public health issues all over the world."

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