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Inaugural SURF event wraps up
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/29/2016
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – More than 100 students from all 10 Southern Conference institutions gathered on Friday and Saturday at Wofford College for the inaugural Southern Conference Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF).

SURF featured students and faculty presenting their research projects in all disciplines of the arts, humanities and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The event provided an opportunity for undergraduates to gain valuable experience in presenting and explaining research they’ve performed in previous semesters and over the summer. Students displayed and discussed posters, gave oral presentations and performed musical and literary acts.

Among the research topics presented were whether mathematicians could find the most efficient plan to tour Disney World, how pedestrians and cyclist impact the capacity of roundabouts, and how drawing and writing affect mood. A concerto was rewritten as a piano arrangement and a chapter of a student’s novel was read.

“By all accounts, this event was a success,” said Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. “We saw multiple examples of remarkable creativity in the research undertaken by our students. We want to build on this effort and expand the outreach of SURF next year.”

SURF is a byproduct of the Southern Conference Academic Exchange, an initiative started in 2014 by the 10 member institutions to work collaboratively on academic-related matters. Led by the chief academic officers, the Exchange has already operated a leadership development program for faculty and staff, paved the way for SURF, and is working on sharing international study programs.

The research forum is an example of how Southern Conference institutions can come together to work and learn outside the field of athletic competition.

 

2016 SURF presenters:

The Citadel
Jordan Abrams
James Andrus
Ivan Dingle
Brogan Ferry
Joshua Hamilton
Mark Johnson
Newton McCollum
William Mills
Alex Overeem
Sara Winch
Richard Zealy

ETSU
David Burton
Clint Caldwell
Stephanie Chambers
Michele Garcia
Jamie Kincheloe
Kristina Lim
Olivia Moses
Darack Nanto
Hannah Newman
Caitlyn Swymer

Furman
Sabrina Boone
Caroline Byrd
Abigail CroweTipton
Trilby Hren
Rose Hull
Caroline Owen
Danny Rivers
Jocelyn Stalker
David Watts
Sydney Wright

Mercer
Pierre Balinda
Lillie Barnett
Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabrielle Hale
Lillian Hicks
Kennedi Johnson
Timothy Lewis
April Myerscough
Shivam Patel
Jordin Post
Aaron Scherf
Erik Schlappi

UNCG
Mario Augustinovic
Amanda Baeten
Amber Campos
Nadjali Chung
Jordan Crowell
Cory Henderson
Ena Prskalo
Marissa Sarver
Phillip Sheldon
Elizabeth Wilson

Samford
Courtney Allen
Stephen Boutwell
Austin Ferrer
Caroline Prieskorn
Caroline Shunk

Chattanooga
Rachel Davis
Joshua Freeman
Emily Gray
Lorrie Herrell
Lorrie Herrell
Meshia Seay
Rachel Smith
Cooper Thome

VMI
Brandon Barbery
Trever Barnes
Stephen Bernard
Michael Griffin
Samuel Hudson
Reed Jones
John Kim
Sarah Lemon
Edward Olbrych
Theerachat Suvannachote
Ronald Thelin

Western Carolina
Arlynn Baker
Leah Bush
Steven Johnson
Kristen Metcalf
Monica Reece
Jackson Roper
Lauren Stogner
Michael Swaenepoel
Nadja Vorontsova
Kaley Wisher

Wofford
Asrar Alimohamed
Kimberly Arjune
Jamey Bower
Michael Cato
Daniel Couch
Katherine Howell
Ann Casey Hughes
Rebecca McGregor
Kourtney Meiss
Carol Morel
Ian Rines
Ben Thomas
Linxi Xu

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