26th annual Centenary Student Research Forum begins March 31
March 23, 2017
SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College students are gearing up to present original research in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences at the College’s 26th annual Student Research Forum sponsored by the Douglas F. and Marion S. Attaway Foundation. The forum includes both poster and oral presentations and is free and open to the public.
The forum begins on Friday, March 31 with poster presentations and judging from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of Centenary’s Mickle Hall. Presentations at this opening session include senior Laura Perilloux’s “Toxic Effects of Cadmium on Neuronal Cells,” a project she completed with research advisors in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, and junior Graham Maxwell’s research into the perceived relatedness of rig count and the real price of oil.
The research forum continues on Friday, April 7 with oral presentations and judging from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Carlile Auditorium (Mickle Hall 114). Students will present research from humanities disciplines, including English, art, and history; natural sciences, including chemistry and biology; and social sciences, including business and sociology. Among the oral presenters are seniors Melissa Traver, headed to Rice University to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and Ben Green, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in art history or curatorial studies. Traver will share findings from her ongoing research into the role of protein interactions in the control of photoperiodic flowering in Sorghum bicolor, while Green will present an analysis of Clementine Hunter’s folk art that utilizes queer theory and critical race theory to interrogate the current narratives and discourses that surround Hunter and her art.
A full schedule of poster and oral presentations is available at centenary.edu/researchforum.
A panel of judges will review the display and content of the posters as well as oral presentation skills for the students participating in the March 31 poster competition. Oral presenters on April 7 will be evaluated on presentation, project content, and effectiveness in a question-and-answer session. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best work in both the poster and oral competitions.