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Annual Student Research Symposium

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

Spring 2023 Student Research Symposium Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students currently working in the lab or research group of a current UNC NORC member are eligible to participate. A list of current UNC NORC members can be found here:


Abstracts may be biomedical-, epidemiological-, clinical-, policy-, or intervention-based. They may include laboratory or non-laboratory research projects that focus either on human nutrition or obesity, animal work that could be translated to human nutrition or obesity, or basic research related to nutrition or obesity. Human nutrition or human obesity projects may focus on inpatient or outpatient studies or on epidemiological or community-based research that is social or behavioral in nature. Posters and presentations do not need to be new, but they should be related to nutrition or obesity. Work published in the previous year is acceptable.

Three members of the UNC NORC Internal Advisory Committee will judge the poster competition and the oral presentations. The judges will have expertise in nutrition/obesity research from basic science and clinical to epidemiology and policy. The criteria will include the project’s significance, innovation, approach, and the clarity of presentation.

Abstract Submission

20 abstracts will be selected for poster presentations, and 6-8 abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. The oral presentations will be 10 minutes each followed by 2 minutes for questions. If you do not wish to give an oral presentation, please indicate “poster only” on your abstract. To submit an abstract for the UNC NORC 2022 Undergraduate Research Competition, follow the guidelines below and submit your abstract online at

Formatting Guidelines

All abstracts are limited to a total of 2,000 characters with 1 Figure/Table. This character limit includes spaces and is only applied to the abstract body text (not title authors or affiliations). Please complete your submission carefully. All abstracts must be in final form. No typos or other errors can be corrected after the deadline. Abstracts will not be considered or reviewed unless all required information is completed.

Author Notifications and Additional Guidelines

All correspondence, including notification of abstract acceptance and details for presentations, will be sent to the Corresponding Author via email. The corresponding author shall be responsible for informing all contributing authors of any related correspondence. All first authors must register for the event in order to present their poster.

  • The presenting author has the responsibility of obtaining the consent of all coauthors to be listed on the abstract.
  • Abstract submission signifies that the reported research complies with animal welfare and human subject regulations.
  • Abstracts reporting studies with unidentified chemical compounds, drugs, or materials will not be accepted.
  • Each submitted abstract will be evaluated by the UNC NORC Internal Advisory Committee for scientific merit and compliance with the guidelines described above. Abstracts that do not conform to the above standards may be rejected.