In the Student Spotlight: Sept. 29, 2017

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  • Matt Snyder and Amal Abdelaziz, civil engineering graduate students, participated in the 2016 Annual Conference of American Society of Civil Engineers Arizona section on Sept. 15 in Phoenix. They received first place in the Student Poster competition for their project, “Evaluating Pavement Responses using Vehicle-Based Sensors.” Their research project has been advised by Chun Hsing (Jun) Ho, assistant professor of civil engineering. It is sponsored by the ABOR Regents’ Innovation Fund and is part of ABOR RIF research groups with a focus on infrastructure sustainability and resilience.
  • Undergraduate students Tara A. Casey, Martha J. Garner, Rebekah S. Kamp and Gabriel Villarreal worked with Sanjam Ahluwalia, director of the women’s and gender studies program, to write the essay “Troubling the Nation: Crafting the New Gay in a Post-9/11 Environment,” which was recently published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research. They did so as an independent study project and beyond a formal course structure.
  • Junior Fernanda Martinez earned a Mammie Phipps Clark research grant through the International Honor Society in Psychology. The grant allowed her to examine work-life issues in Mexico, surveying participants about questions related to work and family support and demands, work-family conflict and gender roles. Her sponsoring faculty member, psychological sciences professor Ann Huffman, also went to Mexico with Martinez to gather data.
  • Biology students Hannah Combs, Zane Holdich, Angela Rincon and James Boothroyd have earned research grants and represented NAU at a variety of recent conferences. Combs and Holdich received a grant from the Arizona Nevada Academy of Sciences and attended the ANAS meeting in Glendale, where they won the Best Poster award. Rincon received a Hooper Undergraduate Research Award, for her proposed research on freshwater sponges inhabiting the Rio de Flag. Boothroyd, Rincon and Combs received individual ASNAU travel grants in May to attend international meetings this summer to present their work at the Animal Behavior Society Meeting in Toronto and the Society for the Study of Evolution in Portland. Combs, Rincon and Boothroyd also attended the Evolution meeting, where they presented posters.
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