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Students Showcase Research at Fourth Annual Graduate Research Symposium

On Wednesday, March 17, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, alongside their faculty advisors and mentors, at NC State’s College of Natural Resources proudly displayed their hard work and dedication virtually at the college’s fourth annual Graduate Research Symposium. 

The event, sponsored by the college’s Research Office, brings together the departments of Forestry and Environmental Resources; Forest Biomaterials; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; and the Center for Geospatial Analytics. Participants had the opportunity to present their research in a poster session competition and a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Poster competition winners received $1,000 each. 3MT first-place winners received $1,500, while second-place winners received $1,250. See below for recaps of the winners.

Poster Competition

Hailey Post — Master’s in Human Dimensions and Community Health

“Building Together: Measuring Strategies to Diversify Tourism Stakeholders”

Vinicius Perin — Ph.D. in Human Dimensions and Community Health

“A multi-sensor Satellite Imagery Approach to Monitor On-Farm Reservoirs”

Tim Shively — Master’s in Land, Wildlife, Water and Forest System Management

“The Effects of Site and Genetic Treatment on Fine Root Production and Turnover in Native and Exotic Pine”

Megan Coffer — Ph.D. in Land, Wildlife, Water and Forest System Management

“Eyes in the Sky Support Seagrass Mapping in Coastal Environments”

Emily Piner — Master’s in Sustainable Materials Innovation

“Mechanical Properties of Bacterial Cellulose Composite Films For Use in Aseptic Packaging”

David Cruz — Ph.D. in Sustainable Materials Innovation

“Techno-Economic Analysis of Biofuel Production via Catalytic Upgrading of Carbohydrates in Paper Sludge”

3MT Competition

Meredith Hovis — Ph.D. in Land, Wildlife, Water and Forest System Management (First Place)

“Economic Assessment of ‘FloodWise’ Practices: Natural Infrastructure Practices to Mitigate Flooding in Eastern, Rural North Carolina”

Olivia Vila — Ph.D. in Human Dimensions and Community Health (First Place)

“Using Environmental Justice to Think About Equity in FEMA HMA Participation: A Survey of State Hazard Mitigation Officers (SHMOs)”

Khushi Goda — Ph.D. in Land, Wildlife, Water and Forest System Management (Second Place)

“Optimal Mating For Monoecious Species”

To learn more about the event, visit research.cnr.ncsu.edu/sites/graduateresearchsymposium/.

This post was originally published in College of Natural Resources News.