On May 19th, we celebrated the end of a successful year of student seminars with a departmental hosted lunch and award event for all our graduate students.
Congratulations to all our student seminar presentation awardees!
The BCBP department student seminar series is a student-created initiative that began in 2019 to help students across the department learn more about the research their peers are conducting while offering everyone the chance to refine their presentation skills amongst peers.
This year’s student seminar series was again revamped by graduate students Odessa Goudy, Rodney Park, Amelia McCue, Uriel Jean-Baptiste, Christopher Shelby, Darex Rodriguez, Kacey Davis, and Sierra Cole. Each co-organizer hosted one student seminar throughout the year and thought of ideas to increase student participation and engagement.
To support each other academically and recognize the effort it takes to create great presentations, all seminar presenters were eligible for peer-nominated presentation awards across a variety of categories.
An award ceremony was hosted outside on the GMB Lawn with lunch catered by Carrburritos. Awardees were introduced by one of the peers that nominated them for the award and received a certificate of achievement from the department. At the end of the award ceremony, UNC swag (such as UNC baseball caps, glasses, car decals, notebooks, etc) was raffled off to those in attendance.
Based on peer nominations, this year’s student seminar awardees and honorable mentions are listed below.
Brady Curtis, Ability to connect with the audience awardeeSarah Harris Ability to connect with the audience honorable mention
Dalia Fleifel, Excellence in presentation organization and clarity awardeeMatt Begley, Excellence in presentation organization and clarity honorable mention
Gage Leighton, Excellence in presentation visual aids and appeal awardeeReem Hakeem Excellence in presentation visual aids and appeal honorable mention
Gabrielle Dardis, Overall outstanding presentationAbigail Ballard, Overall outstanding presentation honorable mention