FACS undergraduates presented research displaying the college’s depth of study at the UGA Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium in late March.
Foods and nutrition student Whitney Okie was one of several FACS undergrads who delivered oral presentations.
Okie, who was awarded a CURO Undergraduate Research Assistantship, presented her research, “Genetic determination of obesity induced inflammation and blood brain barrier alterations,” under the guidance of faculty mentor Dr. Rob Pazdro.
"After working for months on a project you are so passionate about, it feels good to be able to share your work and why it is important with others," Okie said. "I am thankful for the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities for encouraging me to stay in research and for Dr. Pazdro for helping me find my passion."
Textiles, merchandising and interiors student Molly Dodd delivered an oral presentation on her research project entitled “Hollywood’s risqué years: Female body exposure in pre-code film.” Her faculty mentor was TMI department head Patti Hunt-Hurst.
“I’d say the greatest benefit from participating in CURO over the last two years has definitely been learning directly from my research mentor, Dr. Hunt-Hurst,” Dodd said. “Our project was a continuation of a project she has been working on for years, and being able to learn through specific research has given me a much more holistic perspective on the history of Western dress. Overall, I find that it has been so beneficial to me as a student that I plan to continue participating in CURO research next year.”
In addition to oral presentations, several FACS students displayed their research as part of the poster presentations on the event’s last day, accompanied by their faculty mentors.
A link to the abstracts can be found here.
To see a photo gallery from the event, visit our Flickr page here.
Opportunities to conduct undergraduate research are available at FACS. The deadline for summer applications is April 29. For more information, visit our undergraduate research page here.
Click here to read the press release produced by UGA prior to the symposium.
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