People looking at posters on display inside building.

The Summer Community of Scholars poster session was held in the Student Services Building.

Michael Mercier | UAH

Seven student research posters were selected for top Deans Award honors at the end-of-program Summer Community of Scholars (SCS) poster session on Sept. 15 in the Student Services Building at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

The quality and depth of the research this year is phenomenal, says Dave Cook, director of undergraduate research.

The students' work is impressive, and we are extremely grateful for the mentorship provided by our faculty and research staff on these projects. Their willingness to work with undergraduates over the summer leads to some really exciting possibilities for everyone involved.

Participant posters and video presentations are available through the UAH Salmon Library research repository and at the UAH Undergraduate YouTube channel.

If you didn’t get a chance to come to the poster session, these online resources are extremely useful, especially if you want to see some examples of projects and learn about getting involved in undergraduate research through the summer program.

Dave Cook
Director of Undergraduate Research

There were 37 SCS undergraduates who spent the summer working with faculty and research staff on cutting-edge projects from astrophysics to history, and everything in between, he says.

SCS is composed of the Research or Creative Experience for Undergraduates and the Honors Capstone Research Summer Program. Its purpose is to support research or creative experiences for undergraduate participants in all fields of study.

The overall vision of the program is to sustain a vibrant culture of research and creative activities for undergraduates at UAH. Participants undertake activities within a project of research or creative works.

Possible activities include laboratory experiments, musical compositions, field studies, clinical projects, engineering experiments and projects, theoretical work, human behavior studies, writing projects and visual art projects. The activities are supplemented with professional development workshops throughout the summer.

Poster Winners

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Best of College: Brendan Lang, "The Rhetorical Landscape of Public Memory in Alabama"
Mentor: Dr. John Saunders

College of Engineering

Best of College: Sam Blackwell, "Simulation of a Trailing Edge Flap Using a Compliant Mechanism"
Mentor: Dr. Konstantino Kanistras

Honorable Mention: Savannah Flaherty, “Dielectrophoretic Control of Macroscopic Media for In-Space Applications”
Mentor: Dr. Jason Cassibry

College of Science

Best of College: Katelyn Giltner, “Environmental DNA Analysis of a Critically Endangered Cavefish”
Mentor: Dr. Matthew Niemiller

Honorable Mention: Michael Yurovchak, “Using a Low-cost Spectrometer to Analyze the Optical Depth of Atmospheric Aerosols”
Mentor: Dr. Udaysankar Nair

Honors College

Best of College: Daniel Duke, “Brownian Dynamics of Interacting Anisotropic Magnetic Nanoparticles”
Mentor: Dr. Isaac Torres-Diaz

Honorable Mention: Justin Province, “Particle Identification of Pyro-Convection from Wildfires”
Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Carey