Three Scottsdale alumni present projects at Alabama

Nearly 500 students, including three from Scottsdale, at The University of Alabama highlighted their research and creative projects during the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference on March 27.

Among those students, Scottsdale natives Alyson Giordano, Samuel Hallam and Aiyana Saferite all gave presentations, according to a press release.

Ms. Giordano gave a presentation called “Perceived Norms for Safe Drinking Practices Among College Students” in the Social Sciences category. Mr. Hallam delivered a presentation called “Beyond 50 Years Jailhouse Project” in the Arts and Humanities category.

Ms. Saferite presented on “Drug Discovery and Stability Testing for Potential Treatments of Neurodegenerative Disease” in the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Water category.

UA’s Office for Undergraduate Research and the Office for Research and Economic Development hosted the 12th annual conference.

Poster presentations are grouped by research areas — instead of by academic colleges or departments — to align with national trends of using interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving, a release states.

The conference spurs interest in research among undergraduate students and helps students polish their communication skills, said Dr. Kim Bissell, director of the Office for Undergraduate Research.

“We have got some pretty phenomenal students who are truly doing great things,” she said.

The Scottsdale Independent publishes a free daily newsletter. A print edition is mailed to 75,000 homes and businesses each month. If you value our journalistic mission, please consider showing us your support.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable. Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the arrow in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment