Atlanta Research Conference Announces Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Student Research Awards

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Atlanta Research Conference

ATLANTA – Mercer University’s Atlanta Research Conference is held each spring to showcase work by students and faculty from the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus and Regional Academic Centers.

The 10th annual conference, originally set for March 28, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the conference’s planning committee has made the event program available online in order to recognize the presentations that were accepted to this year’s conference, as well as the winners of the 2020 Monroe F. Swilley Jr. Library Student Research Awards.

Additionally, students who are interested in virtually showcasing their research projects from the conference may do so by submitting posters, papers or presentation materials to Mercer’s institutional repository, the University Research, Scholarship, and Archives (URSA). Presenters have until May 22 to submit their work.

The Swilley Library Student Research Awards, which include a cash prize, are presented to students whose research submissions best incorporate the use of the University Library’s collections and services and demonstrate active critical thinking.

David Henderson in the Tift College of Education won first place for “On the Shoulders of Giants: Helping Students Understand Mathematics Through its History,” and Neha Chitre in the College of Pharmacy won second place for “Assessing the Role of Dopamine in the Differential Neurotoxicity Patterns of Stimulants.”

Among the 68 presentations accepted to this year’s conference, researchers represent the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business, Tift College of Education, College of Health Professions, College of Professional Advancement, School of Medicine, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Cameron Miller, associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Human Services and Psychology in the College of Professional Advancement, has coordinated the conference since 2016.

“Each year, the showcase of the varied research and scholarship happening across disciplines at the Regional Academic Centers and Atlanta campus is inspiring,” said Dr. Miller. “This conference serves as a great platform to bring together faculty and students alike to share their research activities.”

This year’s conference planning committee, chaired by Dr. Miller, includes Dr. Alyssa Fiss in the College of Health Professions, Dr. Nader Moniri in the College of Pharmacy, Dr. Pamela Larde in Tift College of Education, Dr. Tara Bertulfo in the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Florence Tang and Kim Eccles with the Swilley Library, and Dr. Morgan Kiper Riechel, Dr. Wesley Barker, Dr. Laurie Lankin, Dr. Dina Schwam, Dr. Feng Liu and Dr. Lynn Tankersley in the College of Professional Advancement.

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