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Amy Kish

Student

Student Degree

B.S.

Student Major

Environmental Science

Student Minor

Certification in GIS

Student Hometown

Akron, Ohio

Biography:

I graduated from high school in 1991.  During my senior year, when everyone was figuring out what they wanted to pursue in college, I was advised of something I’ll never forget. I wanted to do something with science, mainly biology.  However, I was told I should focus on something in the liberal arts, because I just didn’t have the mind for higher level science and/or math. I took that to heart for years. Huge mistake! 

I started college in the early 90’s at The University of Akron, a school of approximately 80,000 students. I also attended Kent State University (during the 90’s), which is another large university. I was originally a Special Education major. I never completed the programs because of several factors. First, the program just didn’t seem to fit what I wanted to do. Second, I was blessed to become a mom. I decided to set my education aside to do the greatest job I could think of, raise my son Spencer. 

I started back to school, many years later, at a small technical school in South Carolina to pursue a nursing degree. I took one microbiology course, and I was hooked. I knew my passion for science had never left. I moved to North Carolina, and after getting settled, I started to look for a school that would allow me to pursue my passion and to finally get a degree in science; that led me to UNC Pembroke. 

Why did you choose to attend UNCP? 

The main reason I chose UNCP is the small student-teacher ratio. Having attended very large universities in the past, small class sizes were important to me. I also needed to be able to commute to a campus.

What do you like best about UNCP? 

The thing I like best about UNCP is the accessibility of the faculty to the students. I don’t feel like a number here. I know all my professors and feel comfortable talking to any of them about school or home. I like that I can even approach professors I haven’t even had for classes to talk about their experiences in graduate schools or just bounce ideas off them for possible future plans. The faculty has never treated me differently, being a nontraditional student. 

What are your post-graduation plans? 

I am graduating from UNCP in December 2018. (Remember that advisor I mentioned who told me I didn’t have the mind for science? I’ll be graduating with honors, hopefully Magna Cum Laude!) As of now, I have not solidified my post-graduation plans, but I am leaning towards the PhD program in Marine Biology at UNC Chapel Hill. I will be applying to several other programs as well. I hope whatever my future holds, I will be able to work in the estuary system somewhere along the east coast. I am interested in the interaction of salt and fresh water and the organisms living there. The first thing I have planned immediately after graduation, however, is to prepare for my son to graduate from high school in June 2019. 

Please comment on your research experiences: 

I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to become a RISE Fellow at UNCP this past summer and into the 2017-2018 academic year. I have been working with Dr. John Roe on eastern box turtle research and the relationship prescribed fire plays in the species’ ecology. I presented a research poster at the end-of-summer RISE poster session, and I will be presenting at several conferences in the spring of 2018, including the ASB (Association of Southeastern Biologists) in Myrtle Beach in March, the AAG (American Association of Geographers) National Conference in New Orleans in April, and in multiple other state conferences.

Amy Kish and Hannah Swartz Amy Kish and Kayla Amy Kish Middle photo: Amy Kish in the microbiology lab

 

Hannah Swartz

Student

Student Degree

B.S.

Student Major

Environmental Science

Student Hometown

Ocala, Florida

Biography:

Born and raised in Florida, I met my husband Carleton in our hometown. At the time, he was enlisting in the US Army and I was moving away for school. I attended state college at the beach, and it was there that my love for biology and environmental science began. I volunteered for about a year at a nonprofit zoo, the Brevard Zoo, where I ran kayak tours through the African wildlife exhibit and taught about conservation. From there, I began gearing my associate's degree towards biology and decided that was the dream I wanted to pursue. After marrying my husband, we moved to Ft. Bragg, and I began my education at UNC Pembroke. We have a hyperactive Australian Shepherd named Loki, and all three of us like to spend our free time outdoors at the beach, hiking, or camping. I’m currently very involved on campus and love every minute of it! If I’m not in class, you can find me in my hammock, or in the campus garden, or working on improving our campus’s sustainability.

Why did you choose to attend UNCP?

Before moving to North Carolina, I researched colleges near and around the Fayetteville area. Coincidentally, one of my friends back home had gone to UNC Pembroke and recommended I look into it. So, there it began.  I read through the UNCP biology and environmental science programs and knew that’s where I wanted to study.

What do you like best about UNCP?

The opportunities available at UNC Pembroke are constantly expanding. Throughout the few years I’ve been here, I’ve been involved in the Biology Club, the Greener Coalition, the Office of Sustainability, the RISE program, and now Kids in the Garden (a lot, I know). Not only are these opportunities great for furthering your career, they are also rewarding experiences. Being involved with these organizations has really helped me to inspire students’ involvement on environmental issues. Working for the Office of Sustainability, I feel like I can make a difference on this campus and better our environmental impact and the experience for my fellow students. So that’s what I like the best about UNCP, the opportunities and student involvement that really make our institution stand out from the rest.

What are your post-graduation plans?

The big question is what will I do after my time at UNCP.  Since working as a Summer RISE Fellow and conducting research alongside Dr. Kelly and Grant Wood, I have a new dream to attend graduate school and to continue research. The combination of field and laboratory research with the potential to answer environmental questions has inspired me to continue my education. I’ve also had the opportunity, with the Kids in the Garden program, to teach high school kids how to develop and implement their own scientific research on the health of honey bees. Being able to inspire younger students to study important environmental questions has truly been a rewarding experience, and I hope to continue this work in the future.  

Hannah Swartz and Kids in the Garden Hannah and Carleton Swartz Loki Photo on the far left: Hannah Swartz and Kids in the Garden make pollen slides

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Cora Bright

Student

Student Degree

B.S.

Student Major

Biology with a Molecular Biology Track

Student Hometown

Ellenboro, NC

Hello! My name is Cora Bright, and I am a senior here at UNC Pembroke.  I work in Dr. Maria Santisteban’s lab in the RISE Program, researching a yeast histone called Htz. I have been in RISE and working with Dr. Santisteban since my sophomore year. I am also the Vice-Chair of the Student Honors Council and have been on the council since my freshman year. Before enrolling at UNCP, I attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), which is where I started doing research and where I first decided that a career in the sciences was right for me. I had always wanted to be a teacher but had never considered being a research professor until I took my first class and was able to run my own experiment on planaria, which are small flatworms. Since then I have been pursuing research opportunities because I feel that the lab is the place where I belong.  During my freshman year at UNCP, I worked in Dr. Ben Bahr’s lab, studying Alzheimer's Disease, and I quickly learned that working with a mouse model was not for me. This was mainly because, to study Alzheimer's Disease -- a disease of the brain --you need to harvest the brains of little mice, and this was something I found a little hard to stomach. This is why during sophomore year when I entered RISE, I found a place in Dr. Santisteban’s lab working with yeast, which is much easier to perform experiments on. 

Why did you choose to attend UNCP?

 I chose to attend UNCP for two main reasons. The first is its geographical location. Pembroke is a small town; no one is arguing about that, but after attending high school in Durham, a big city, I really wanted to get back to my small town roots. I like the big city just fine and am even applying to grad schools back in Durham.  However, after such a rigorous high school experience, I really wanted to spend some time away from all the hustle and bustle, and Pembroke was the perfect place for that. The second reason I chose UNCP was the cost. I had applied to seven different schools and was accepted into all of them, but they offered no financial aid, making them all out of reach anyways. So I made the decision I thought was smart and came to UNCP where I could receive the same quality education as somewhere like NC State University or UNC Chapel Hill, but not drown in student loan debt. 

What do you like best about UNCP?

I really like that at Pembroke, because the school is so small, it's very easy to make connections with your professors. A large part of getting into graduate school is your three letters of recommendation, and I honestly feel that if I had gone to a bigger school where I was just a number, I wouldn't have as close connections with my professors to ask for those recommendations. I also probably wouldn't have been able to join a lab my freshman year or get as much research time, simply because unlike at a large school, the faculty at Pembroke is so connected to their students. 

What are your post-graduation plans?

I am applying to graduate school in the hopes of getting a doctorate in genetics. I would love to work in a plant biology lab studying, at the molecular level, how to make food better for others and easier to grow in the environment. My main passion is the reduction of pesticide use through better genetically modified food. 

Please comment on your research experiences:

As previously mentioned, I started research at NCSSM, working with planaria.  During my freshman year at UNCP, I worked on mice in Dr. Bahr's lab, and during my sophomore year, I joined Dr. Santisteban in her quest to solve what Htz functions occur in yeast. However, what I have not mentioned is the research I did in a plant molecular biology lab this summer. I worked in Riverside, California, in Dr. Venu Reddy's lab, studying plant growth in relation to the WUSCHEL-CLAVATA3 feedback loop. Feedback between two plant proteins controls plant shoot growth, and over this summer I was given an opportunity to study this feedback by creating a forced dimer version of WUSCHEL to see how the plant would grow when the protein was forced to bind to DNA as a dimer. It was a wonderful experience, and I found that working with plants just might be my true calling after all. 

 Cora Bright Cora Bright and RISE students at ABRCMS conference Cora Bright

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Amelia C. Brown

Student

Student Degree

B.S.

Student Major

Chemistry

Student Hometown

Dunn, NC

Biography:

Surprisingly, I haven’t always loved science. As a child, I actually struggled in the subject but could typically manage to get a “B” in class. My mom always made me write “super sentences” with my spelling words. While in math I caught on very quickly. So, those subjects were never an issue. I remember one instance specifically. I brought home a progress report, and my grade in science was a “C.” My dad gave me this look and said “I know you can do better than this, this isn’t you.” And instead of yelling at me, he helped me. By the time report cards came out, I had an “A.” As time went on my uncles helped me complete a few science projects, which made me more interested in what science was all about. However, I first truly fell in love with science when I enrolled in Physical Science with Mrs. Dupree. I was always excited to go to class and learn everything and anything she could teach me. Many people told me that some of the topics covered in this class would be continued in chemistry classes. So I signed up for Honors Chemistry with Genia Morris. Students spoke highly of her at my high school. When I got in that classroom, something happened. I can’t explain it, but as time went on I felt like I belonged there, as if I had found what I was supposed to do. The only thing I hated was that I was a senior when I took this class. If I could go back in time, I would take the class sooner, so that I could have taken AP Chemistry (a more in-depth course) before graduating. It was because of this class that I applied for colleges knowing what I wanted to study.

I only applied to UNC Pembroke and Campbell University. Both schools had great chemistry departments, but I chose UNCP. I was able to apply to and get into the Esther G. Maynor Honors College during the summer before freshman year. Ever since I stepped onto this campus, amazing things have happened to me. I am a part of the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, COMPASS Scholarship Program, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honors Society, and this year I was also fortunate to be selected as a Glaxo Women in Science Scholar. This university has helped me become more successful than I had ever dreamed I would be.

Why did I choose UNCP?

I chose UNCP for many reasons. The University was an hour from my hometown, whereas Campbell was only 20 minutes from my house. I wanted to get the full college experience, and I couldn’t get that by staying at home and attending Campbell. I wanted a distance where I wouldn’t feel homesick. I also heard amazing things about the school and surrounding areas. Being accepted into the honors college also played a factor into my decision. Overall, Pembroke checked more boxes off my list than did Campbell. Surprisingly, the first time I actually saw the campus was during my freshman orientation weekend. Once the weekend ended, I knew I had made the right choice.

What do I like most about UNCP?

 One of the most comforting things about UNCP is that professors will remember you. At larger institutions some professors may not know any of their students on a personal level. Here at UNCP the professors make every effort to get to know you and help you succeed. I don’t think I could’ve accomplished as many things as I have if I would’ve attended a different university.

What are my post-graduation plans?

I will be graduating UNCP in the spring of 2018. During the spring semester I will be applying to postbaccalaureate programs. After attending a postbac program, I would like to attend graduate school. I am unsure of what I would like to study in graduate school, but the possibilities are endless.

What research experiences have I had?

This summer I had the opportunity of conducting research through UNC Chapel Hill’s SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. I was mentored by Dr. Dan Brown in the lab of Dr. Jiandong Liu. My lab partner and I worked on two projects together.

  • Project1: Neuregulin1-III is critical for cardiac trabecular maturation and innervation in zebrafish.

In the first project we studied the Neuregulin-1 (Nrg1) ErbB2/ErbB4 pathway in zebrafish. This pathway plays a critical role in cardiac development, function, and homeostasis. The loss of all three isoforms of Nrg1 or ErbB2/4 was developmentally lethal in rodent models. Previous studies have demonstrated that the loss of Neuregulin-1 isoforms I and II did not cause lethality or have an impact on cardiac development in zebrafish. Interestingly, the complete loss of Nrg1 (pan knockout) was not lethal in zebrafish, but did cause structural and functional defects in juvenile and young adult zebrafish. Therefore, we sought to describe the cardiac outcomes following the loss of Nrg1-III. We specifically focused on how the loss would affect trabecular density and cardiomyocyte cell count. We crossed Nrg1-III mutants in transgenic backgrounds that label nuclei and cardiomyocytes. Unfortunately, we were not able to go any further with this project because of time limitations. However, once the fish reach SL-10-20 they will be sectioned via cryostat and then examined using fluorescent confocal microscopy. If zebrafish lacking Nrg1-III have comparable trabecular density and cardiomyocyte reductions when compared to the pan-Nrg1 knockout, it will suggest that Nrg1-III is critical for cardiac trabecular maturation and innervation of the zebrafish ventricle.

  • Project 2: Developmental polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure reduces cardiac sarcomere size and cell morphology in zebrafish.

In the second project, we studied how developmental exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) would impact cardiac morphology on a cellular level. Studies have shown that high concentrations of certain PAHs will cause defects in cardiac morphology as fish develop. The cardiac defect is misalignment of the atrium and ventricle in the fish. Until now that was as far in detail as studies had gone. Therefore, we sought to understand what was happening on a cellular level. In our study, transgenic zebrafish labeled with cmlc2:Cypher GFP and cmlc2:Mkate caxx were crossed to mark cardiac sarcomeres and cardiomyocyte cell borders. Embryos in the 4-8 cell stage were then exposed to varying dilutions of a complex PAH mixture derived from sediments collected at the Elizabeth River Superfund Site. Larval hearts were then imaged and assessed at 120 hours post fertilization (hpf) via fluorescent confocal microscopy and image J, respectively. Our findings suggest that developmental PAH exposure resulting in atrium and ventricle misalignment was accompanied by sarcomere shortening and decreased cell size. While this study strengthens our basic understanding of how PAHs specifically impact cardiomyocyte and cell morphology, we cannot ultimately say which precedes the other.

Amelia Brown at summer poster presentation Amelia Brown Amelia BrownPhoto to the far left: Amelia Brown at summer research poster presentation

 

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UNCP Awarded Grant for Data Science and Rare Diseases Research

Dr. Conner Sandefur
Dr. Conner Sandefur to partner with researchers at three UNC campuses

OCTOBER 2, 2017

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is among six universities in the UNC system that was awarded three grants totaling $6.2 million for research on data science, green fuels, and hybrid materials technology.

The grant was provided through the University of North Carolina’s Research Opportunities Initiative. Priority research areas for the UNC ROI program are pharmacoengineering, advanced manufacturing, energy, data science, marine sciences as well as the military and other security-related issues.

UNC Pembroke will receive approximately $80,000 over a three-year period.

The project will leverage recent developments in the state’s strategic areas of data science and rare diseases to create a data hub that will improve the understanding of diseases and accelerate the development of novel therapies.

“Research and teaching go hand-in-hand at UNC Pembroke,” said Dr. Jeff Frederick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“We are excited about the opportunities to partner with other universities and the innovations and waves of discovery this will produce.”

UNC Pembroke is collaborating with researchers at UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. Central University and N.C. State University. Dr. Conner Sandefur, an assistant biology professor, is the lead partner for UNCP.     

“I’m incredibly proud of this partnership and excited to participate in this project,” Sandefur said.  “The partnership is important for UNCP as it provides opportunity for our students to interact with researchers across the state.

“UNCP plays a critical role in the partnership by providing a pathway for rural communities to have a voice in and benefit from this critical research.”

Sandefur teaches microbiology and genetics and mentors students in undergraduate research.

As part of the initiative, Sandefur will serve as co-mentor for a postdoctoral scholar at UNC Chapel Hill. Along with Dr. Timothy Elston, the team will generate predictive mathematical models of intracellular signaling processes with the goal of designing novel therapies.

Sandefur will also lead outreach initiatives to engage health care providers and community members in the development and dissemination of regionally-specific, culturally appropriate tools related to rare diseases.

The UNC ROI will also fund research on solar-enabled green liquid fuels led by   Debasish Kuila at North Carolina A&T University and partnering faculty at N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Researchers aim to develop a sustainable technology that will convert a bio-renewable energy source into carbon-neutral gasoline. The technology would provide significant economic benefit to the state as well as lower the environmental footprint of the farming enterprise.

Researchers from UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. Central University, N.C. State and UNC Charlotte will study hybrid materials technology. This project will capture the unprecedented opportunity brought by the revolutionary discovery of a new class of hybrid perovskite materials - a type of low-cost, efficient solar cell.

The UNC ROI project could potentially result in innovations in clean energy, imaging, and radiation sensing. The team’s goal is to establish a center for these technologies that will accelerate the commercialization process of the technologies developed and have a major impact on the state’s economy.

The grants are funded by the North Carolina General Assembly to promote innovative and potentially game-changing research projects within the UNC system.

“The research produced by our institutions continues to positively impact the lives of all North Carolinians through advancements in areas such as health care and clean energy,” said UNC system President Margaret Spellings. “We’re grateful to state lawmakers for their strong support of UNC ROI’s important work.”

Article from UNCP News and Events

(Photograph Courtesy of UNCP Photographer Willis Glasgow)

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Dr. John Roe Publishes Paper with Undergrads

 Dr. John Roe  Kristoffer Wild Carlisha Hall
Above: Dr. John Roe, Kristoffer Wild, and Carlisha Hall

Dr. John Roe has mentored numerous students in box turtle (Terrapene carolina) research.  A paper based on this research was just published in the Journal of Thermal Biology.  Moreover, two Biology alumni, Kristoffer Wild and Carlisha Hall, are co-authors on the paper.

In their paper, "Thermal biology of eastern box turtles in a longleaf pine system managed with prescribed fire," they describe laboratory studies in which they measured temperature preferences of box turtles, and field studies in which they monitored ambient surface temperatures. Temperature data loggers attached to radiotracked box turtles enabled them to monitor turtle body temperatures and microhabitat use in the field.  To compare microhabitat choices in response to environmental temperatures, they compared box turtles in fire-managed Weymouth Woods State Park with box turtles in unburned forests of Lumber River State Park.  Environmental temperatures in the fire-managed system were more variable and warmer (including lethal temperatures) than temperatures in the unburned system, but microhabitat choices did not suggest strong seasonal responses to the more variable thermal conditions in the fire-managed system.  Their study is the first to document the species' thermal preferences in response to fire.

Kristoffer Wild ('13) and Carlisha Hall ('16) were RISE Fellows while at UNC Pembroke.  After graduation, Kristoffer Wild entered the graduate program at Austin Peay State University, where he later earned a M.S. degree in Biology.  His research focused on the effects of prescribed fires on eastern fence lizards.  He is currently working as a teacher in Memphis, Tennessee.  After graduation, Carlisha Hall joined the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, where she is currently a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow. 

Dr. Roe continues to maintain an active program of research, involving undergraduate students during the summer months and academic year.  He shares his love of nature with an even wider audience of students in the college classroom.

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Dr. Patricia Sellers' Research is Making a Difference in Environmental Issues

 

Patricia SellersProfessor Patricia Sellers’ research on mercury contamination has helped spur the Canadian government into addressing a long-overdue environmental injustice.  

Last June, the Canadian government announced it would earmark $85 million to clean up mercury contamination in the Wabigoon River in Ontario, Canada.  The announcement comes nearly 50 years after mercury contamination was first discovered and after generations of people of Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations have suffered from mercury poisoning.  The people ingested mercury by way of drinking water and consuming fish and other wildlife connected to the river. 

Dr. Sellers is part of a scientific research team, led by Dr. John Rudd, which has monitored mercury levels in the Wabigoon-English River for many years while working closely with the Grassy Narrows community.  The river was contaminated with mercury when Reed Paper’s chlor-alkali plant in Dryden, Ontario, disposed of several tons of mercury into the river during the 1960s.

In May of 2016, the team reported that the river and nearby Clay Lake appeared to continue to receive mercury, either because mercury that was trapped in sediment was being released or because mercury was being leaked from the plant itself.  The team also reported that the river could be cleaned so that mercury levels in fish would be reduced, enabling people to consume fish without risk of mercury contamination.  News reports indicate that remediation and monitoring efforts will proceed based on the team’s recommendations.

In a CBC News audio report, Dr. Sellers was interviewed about her 2015 research report on the contamination of the river and the effects of mercury on people of Grassy Narrows.  She is the lead author on a March 2017 report that documented large levels (many times the background level) of mercury downstream of the chlor-alkali plant and low concentrations upstream of the plant.  This suggests that the plant continues to leak mercury.  Large levels of mercury downstream of the plant were also correlated with high concentrations of mercury in fish downstream.

Dr. Sellers, who is a freshwater ecologist, has been on the research team for more than a decade, and she has worked as a scientific advisor for the Grassy Narrows First Nation since 2004.  She joined the UNCP Biology faculty in 2005.

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Dr. Rita Hagevik Presents Research at European Conference

Drs. Rita Hagevik and Irina Falls
Drs. Rita Hagevik (left) and Irina Falls at ESERA in Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Rita Hagevik from the Biology Department and Dr. Irina Falls from the School of Education presented research papers at the 12th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) held at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland, in August 2017. The conference theme was research, practice and collaboration in science education. The conference was co-hosted by two of Ireland’s largest STEM education research centers, CASTeL at Dublin city University and EPI-STEM at University of Limerick, which are actively researching preservice and inservice teacher education on conducting evidence based research on STEM curriculum, pedagogy and learning at all levels.  

Drs. Rita Hagevik and Irina Falls

Dr. Hagevik and Dr. Falls' collaborative presentation was entitled "Preparing science and math teachers to teach discipline literacy using mobile technologies."  Their presentation and supporting research were the results of a NCQUEST Cycle XIII grant from the US Department of Education. Dr. Hagevik served as the chairperson for the same session in which she spoke, which included four research papers in total.  In collaboration with her former doctoral student, who is now an assistant professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne, Dr. Hagevik presented another paper, entitled "Participation of inservice secondary teachers in a multi-year summer research experience." Both presentations were well attended and well received. The 2017 ESERA conference hosted approximately 1500 delegates from 57 different countries.

Dr. Rita Hagevik

Article Submitted by Rita Hagevik

Web Manager's note -- Dr. Hagevik is the Director of Graduate Programs in Science Education

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Students in Action (2016-2017)

 

Dr. Conner Sandefur and Undergraduate Researchers
Above: Undergraduate researchers and Dr. Conner Sandefur (second from left) attending the annual (2016) RISE End-of-Summer Student Research Presentation.

David Pedersen and researchers at Wake Forest
Above: David Pedersen (second from left) completes Summer Scholars Program in regenerative medicine.  Click here to read more.
Dr. Robert Poage and Undergraduate Researchers
Above: Dr. Robert Poage (left) and undergraduate researchers at 2016 RISE Presentation.

Tenita Jacobs and Cora Bright
Above: Undergraduate students at 2016 RISE Presentation.
Joshua Oxendine and Jessica Rice
Above: Undergraduate researchers at 2016 RISE Presentation.

Field Botany students explore Sunset Beach, NC.
Above: Dr. Leon Jernigan's Field Botany students explore the vegetation zones (from ocean to marsh) of Sunset Beach, NC. 

Field Botany students explore Sunset Beach, NC
Above: Field Botany students explore Sunset Beach, NC.


Undergraduate researchers and lab associates from Dr. Ben Bahr's Lab
Above: Undergraduate researchers and lab personnel (Dr. Karen Farizatto and Heather Romine: second from right and then far right, respectively) from Dr. Ben Bahr's Alzheimer's Disease Lab enjoy the 2016 RISE Presentation.

New RISE Undergraduate Researchers
Above: New RISE undergraduate researchers at 2016 RISE Presentation.

Conservation Biology students
Above: Conservation Biology students visit a state endangered species of plant -- woody goldenrod (
Chrysoma pauciflosculosa) -- on a longleaf pine-turkey oak sand ridge in Pembroke.

Conner Sandefur and his undergraduate researchers collect Lumbee medicinal plants
Above: Dr. Conner Sandefur (in the middle) and his students collect Lumbee medicinal plants from Sampson's Landing in Pembroke.  Joining the group is Dr. Kaitlin Campbell (second from right).

Conservation Biology students visit Antioch Bay
Above: Conservation Biology students visit The Nature Conservancy's preserve Antioch Bay.

Dr. Rita Hagevik's Kids in the Garden
Above: Dr. Rita Hagevik's "Kids in the Garden" sample macroinvertebrates from the pond at Sampson's Landing.

TriBeta students decorate Christmas ornaments

Above: TriBeta students decorate Christmas ornaments for fundraiser.

Dr. Kaitlin Campbell's Entomology class visit Highlands, NC
Above: Dr. Kaitlin Campbell's Entomology class visits Highlands, NC.

Dr. Kaitlin Campbell's Entomology class visit Highlands, NC
Above: Dr. Kaitlin Campbell's Entomology class visits Highlands, NC, in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Dr. Kaitlin Campbell's Entomology class visit Highlands, NC
Above: Dr. Kaitlin Campbell's Entomology class visits Highlands, NC.

Above: Dr. Kaitlin Campbell's Entomology class visits Highlands, NC
Above: Dr. Kaitlin Campbell's Entomology class visits the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Cheyenne Lee in Sandefur Lab
Above: Cheyenne Lee receives Exceptional Research Opportunity Program Award

Robbie Juel Presents Research Poster at Regional Conference
Above: Robbie Juel presents research poster at regional conference

Sandefur Lab Researchers
Above: Sandefur Lab featured in UNC Pembroke News

COMPASS students
Above: COMPASS students present research at PURC symposium

TriBeta inductees (2017)
Above: TriBeta officers and new members (2017)

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