In With the New – OUR Welcomes New Ambassadors

UNC - Chapel Hill with Graham Memorial in the background

The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
with Graham Memorial in the background

written by Daijha J. Copeland

As nine ambassadors turned their tassels to officially become Carolina alumni in May, we welcome a new group of highly-qualified and enthusiastic undergraduate researchers. With experiences ranging in disciplines from Art History to Biology to Political Science, our new ambassadors offer a diversity of experiences to share with the Carolina community. These ambassadors have worked on timely projects such as: how specific RNA molecules distribute controls the division of zygotes, the role of suicide in the plays of William Shakespeare, further development in C. elegans, and the development of a thermoelectric vaccine cooler. Check out the ambassadors’ page to get to know all of our ambassadors and the other enriching projects that they have been a part of.

The ambassadors program was created for undergraduate researchers to be used as a resource to advocate for undergraduate research to university leaders and to serve as peer mentors. Ambassadors frequently host meet-and-greets with fellow students and give presentations on research opportunities offered through OUR and the greater university. And of course ambassadors are here to provide information, make faculty introductions, or answer any questions, so feel free to contact them for any assistance navigating Carolina’s research filled world.

If you have research experiences that you would like to share with other undergraduates and would like to apply to be an OUR ambassador, look for the call to apply in early spring. Below are the OUR ambassadors for 2014-2015.

Lauren Askew Biology /Spanish for the Medical Professions Minorlaskew@live.unc.edu

Jordan Bishop Chemistryjwbishop@live.unc.edu

Emily Cerciello Health Policy and Management & Economicscerciello@live.unc.edu

Sarah Cooley Geoscience-Geophysics/ Math and Religious Studies Minorsswcooley@live.unc.edu

Clark Cunningham Chemistry & Biologychcunnin@live.unc.edu

Sarah Faircloth History & Art Historyscfaircl@live.unc.edu

Blake Hauser Environmental Health Sciences & Biologybmhauser@live.unc.edu

David Joyner Political Science & Englishdbjoyner@live.unc.edu

Sloane Miller Environmental Health Science & Engineeringskm0709@live.unc.edu

Rizul Naithani Clinical Laborarory Science/ Chemistry Minor

Layla Quran Global Studies/ Journalism Minorlaylaquran@gmail.com

Sam Resnick Biology/ Chemistry Minor sresnick@live.unc.edu

Jay Zhang Biostatistics & Quantitative Biology/ Chemistry Minorjczhang@email.unc.edu

Zijian (Larry) Zhou Chemistry/ Computer Science Minorzzhou1@live.unc.edu

 

Inspiration Within and Outside of the Library

-written by Elizabeth “Liz” Tolleson

-edited by Daijha J. Copeland

B.A. History Major from Pleasant Hill, CA

Elizabeth “Liz” Tolleson
B.A. History Major
from Pleasant Hill, CA

After graduation I plan to seek a career creating comics based upon historical people and events. I felt that in order to do comics about history, I needed to know about my female predecessors and the history of comics. To that end, I chose a research topic that paralleled with my career path. My topic focused on 19th and 20thcentury American female cartoonists and their contribution to the field of comics. I began my research sitting in front of the computer and searching databases, then I soon realized that I needed to be more active in my approach.  While visiting a friend in Chicago, I decided to visit the world renowned  University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library where I did some preliminary research on their databases. This visit confirmed my suspicions that I would have to do a lot of digging to obtain the information on female cartoonists that I was looking for.  I trudged along and then visited the Art Institute of Chicago’s library to use their database. I was able to read a catalogue from a 1989 art show on cartoons and a thesis done by a student at the Art Institute in 2000. Slowly but surely I was finding the pieces to the puzzles that aimed to create.
Along with diving into the unknown of archival research, I also stepped out of my comfort zone and reached out to THE woman in the realm of female cartoonists, Trina Robbins. Robbins founded the underground comic Wimmen’s Comix in

First Female Cartoonist: Rose O’Neill Photographery: Gertrude Kasebier, from http://thecarbonworks.com/blog/?p=1459

First Female Cartoonist:
Rose O’Neill
Photographery: Gertrude Kasebier
from: http://thecarbonworks.com/blog/?p=1459

the 1970s and continues to write and publish comics and graphic novels today. She has also spent the last few decades researching, writing and publishing histories of women cartoonists in the 19th and 20th centuries, and has done much to preserve the history of many women cartoonists who would have been otherwise forgotten, especially the first woman cartoonist, Rose O’Neill. Robbins has inspired and encouraged other women, like myself, to continue researching, writing about and publishing information on women cartoonists.

During my meeting with Robbins, she encouraged me to attend the annual Copper Con convention in Mesa, Arizona.  CopperCon is a convention hosted by The Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society where fans of science-fiction and fantasy come together to listen to and meet authors, check out shows, and purchase collectable items. When I got to CopperCon I connected with Robbins who introduced me to Liz Safian-Berube. Safain-Berube was the only female illustrator employed by DC Comics during what is known as the Silver Age of comics (1950’s-1970’s). Safain-Berube shared her perspective on the significance of women cartoonists working during the 20th century. Being able to meet Robbins and Safain-Berube along with my database searches in libraries and museums has provided me with a well-rounded view of 19th and 20th century female cartoonists and deepened my understanding of my research topic.

 

 

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The Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Other Events to Highlight Undergraduate Research

Here in the Office for Undergraduate Research we are busy gearing up for the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research which will be held on Monday, April 15 as part of National Undergraduate Research Week. If you are planning to present at the Celebration, the deadline to submit your abstract is March 25.

We are fortunate to have additional events taking place on campus in March/April that highlight undergraduate researchers at Carolina. Please join us at the Celebration and also take advantage of these other opportunities to support other students and learn about the wide range of research being conducted by Carolina undergrads:

Undergraduate Research Honors Symposium in Biology with Undergraduate Speakers
Research posters and talks presented by undergraduates. Open to the public.
Date and Time:March 22, 2013, 8:00 AM – 5:15 PM
Poster session in Coker Lobby Noon – 1 PM
Location: Room 215, Coker Hall

Candidates for Biology Honors degree must present and defend their thesis research during the John K. Koeppe Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium. For more information, contact Summer Montgomery [sundance@unc.edu].

PIT Journal conference
Thursday, March 28, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
FPG Student Union 3409/3411

 

Students from several ENGL105 courses will present the results of their research. The keynote address will be given by two Office for Undergraduate Research Ambassadors, Mattis Hennings and Keia Faison. For more information, contact Doreen Thierauf [thierauf@unc.edu].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UNC Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology presents:
The First Annual CEE Student Research Symposium
Saturday, March 23, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
North Carolina Botanical Garden

 

 

Lunch and light refreshments provided.  For more information, contact Dennis Tarasi [tarasi@live.unc.edu].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Organization for Undergraduate Literature (S.O.U.L) presents:
SOULCON
Friday, April 12, 2013
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall

Join the Department of English and Comparative Literature and hear from several panels of undergraduate researchers. The event will kick off with a student panel offering “survival tips” for the ENGL and CMPL major. For more information, contact Dr. Hilary Lithgow [lithgow@email.unc.edu].

Asian Studies Senior Honors Colloquium
Thursday, April 18, 2013
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
New West 219

Our hardest-working soon-to-be graduates will present at our annual Senior Honors Colloquium. These brief but fascinating glimpses into their honors research will be a lot of fun.  Don’t miss it. For more information, contact Dr. Nadia Yaqub [yaqub@email.unc.edu].

Department of Art Undergraduate Honors Symposium
Friday, April 26, 2013
12:30-3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

The undergraduate honors scholars will be giving presentations of their work from 12:30-3:00. Afterwards there will be a dessert reception celebrating the opening of the Senior Honors Exhibition in the Allcott Gallery of Hanes Art Center. For more information, contact Honors Advisor Tania String at tcstring@email.unc.edu.