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2022 Student Research Symposium Awardees

Join us in congratulating the following award winners from the 1st Annual UNC NORC Student Research Symposium held on Monday, April 18, 2022. Four prizes of $250 each were awarded in the following categories: best undergraduate student poster, best undergraduate student oral presentation, best graduate student poster, and best graduate student oral presentation.

Thanh Tran
Best Undergraduate Student
Poster Presentation
“Disparities in food security among people with type 2 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic and glycemic control”
UNC NORC Sponsor: Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis, PhD, RD
Co-Author: Angelica Cristello Sarteau


Katharine King
Best Undergraduate Student
Oral Presentation
“Elimination of fibrin(ogen)-aMb2-binding function, but not fibrinogen deficiency,
protects against obesity and metabolic syndrome”
UNC NORC Sponsor: Matthew J. Flick, PhD
Co-Authors: Woosuk Steve Hur, Yesha N Patel, Riya N Shah, Alisa S Wolberg, James P Luyendyk, Matthew J Flick


Emily Seiger
Best Graduate Student
Poster Presentation
“Challenges Measuring the Dual Burden of Malnutrition in Adolescence in Kenya:
Varying Cut Offs for Obesity, Iron Deficiency, and Anemia Change the Prevalence of Malnutrition”
UNC NORC Sponsor: Stephanie L. Martin, PhD
Co-Authors: Mercy Owuor, Erick Nandoya, Hillary Omala, Mark Muasa, Nathan Kipkoech Ruto, Katie Meyer, Alice Ammerman, Saroja Voruganti, Laura Pompano, Amanda Thompson, Stephanie Martin

Alexander Pfeil
Best Graduate Student
Oral Presentation
“Pyruvate carboxylase regulates mammary tumor microenvironment composition via central carbon metabolism”
UNC NORC Sponsor: Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH
Co-Authors: Michael F. Coleman, Eylem Kulkoyluoglu-Cotul, Violet Kiesel, Emily Devericks, Suhas K. Etigunta, Dorothy Teegarden, Michael K. Wendt, Stephen D. Hursting