Tuesday, February 25, 2014

[399] MTSU students share research during Posters at the Capitol in Nashville

NASHVILLE — Ten MTSU student researchers were among 61 university undergraduate students from across Tennessee participating in the ninth annual Posters at the Capitol recently at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville.

In addition to MTSU and the University of Tennessee-Martin, other participating schools attending this year included Tennessee Board of Regents institutions Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee State University in Nashville, the University of Memphis and Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.

To view video of the day’s activities, visit http://youtu.be/rKfMQgO91h4.

The undergraduate researchers not only made their posters and themselves available to the legislators and other visitors to the capitol that day, they also scheduled individual and group meetings with their state senators and representatives.

“It’s exciting to represent MTSU and the exercise science department, and let people know we are doing research there,” said Emmy Rice of Luray, Tenn., near Lexington.

In addition to Rice, other MTSU seniors selected to participate included:

• Brett Bornhoft, an aerospace major from Nashville;

• Martin Moran, an exercise science major from Clarksville, Tenn.;

• Daniel Murphy, a physics major and a Goldwater Scholar from Murfreesboro;

• Shiloh Siegel, who is an early childhood education and elementary and special education major from Murfreesboro;

• Christie Sanborn, a psychology major from Nashville; and

• Victoria Harrison, an agribusiness and agriscience major from Greeneville, Tenn.

MTSU underclassmen chosen to participate included:

• Shannon Allen, a sophomore chemistry major from Murfreesboro;

• Lenzie Howell, a junior health education major from Chapel Hill, Tenn.; and

• Rance Solomon, a junior physics major from Manchester, Tenn.

Solomon’s research, which is titled “Relative Deformability of Sickled Red Blood Cells,” has been selected to be one of 61 Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C., in April, said chemistry professor Andrienne Friedli.

Friedli also serves as director of special projects and director of Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity for the Office of Research.

To learn more about MTSU research, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/research.

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