Students present their research at NCUR

Posted April 20, 2012

ACU was recently represented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) by five gifted students. David Kempe ('12), Jonathon Holmes ('13), Noemi Palomares ('12), Shannon Rose ('12) and Caston Boyd ('13) each gave oral presentations about their research among 2,000 students from top universities. The conference was held March 29-31 in Ogden, Utah.

Dr. Greg Powell, professor of chemistry, accompanied Kempe. Hilary Simpson, assistant director of the McNair Scholars Program, accompanied Holmes, Palomares, Rose and Boyd, all of whom are McNair scholars. "When our students do well at conferences, like NCUR, it really validates the McNair program's mission of helping students prepare and gain the experience needed for getting into top tier graduate universities," says Simpson. "Watching them present their research reinforced just how proficient each student has become in his/her subject and how well they continue to represent ACU on campus and elsewhere."

Kempe, a senior chemistry major from Tulsa, Okla., presented his research entitled "Making Potential Anticancer Agents in a Microwave Reactor." He had worked on this project for two years under Powell's supervision. This fall, Kempe will begin pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Holmes is a junior social work major from Los Angeles, Ca. and a McNair Scholar. His presentation is titled "Does Generation Affect Attitudes and Perceptions About Welfare?". Jonathan will graduate in December and plans to begin graduate school in social work with an emphasis in social policy immediately afterward.

Palomares is a senior Biblical text major from Weslaco, Texas, and a McNair Scholar. Her presentation was entitled "’Help! Which Spanish Bible Translation Should I Use?’: An Analysis of Spanish Bible Translations.” Palomares has received a full tuition scholarship to Yale Divinity School, where she will begin graduate work in the fall.

Rose, a senior biology major from Abilene and a McNair Scholar, presented “The Phylogenetic Relationships of Families Within Class Ophiuroidea.” She plans to begin pursuing a Ph.D. in biological anthropology this fall.

Caston is a junior biblical text major from West Texas City, Texas, and a McNair Scholar. His oral presentation was entitled “Being Alone: Book of Jeremiah And Social Pain,” drawing a correlation between social pain and the literary character analysis of Jeremiah. Caston plans to earn his M.Div. and a M.A. in Religion before pursuing a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern studies.

Learn more about the McNair Scholars Program or the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.