Irvine Valley College Student Researchers Honored at Conference    


Irvine Valley College presenters, faculty mentors and attendees gather at the 14th Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference at UC Irvine.


Irvine Valley College students took home top awards from the 14th annual Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference at UC Irvine recently.

The multidisciplinary conference, sponsored by UCI and the Honors Transfer Council of California, showcases outstanding faculty-mentored research by students from California community colleges, with a focus on honors students. IVC’s group of 30 presenters was the largest at the conference, which featured more than 300 student presenters from 31 colleges. IVC students presented in diverse areas including biology, economics, engineering, history, mathematics, physics and sociology.

IVC Honors Program student Den Mark Marcelo received the third-place Humanities/Social Sciences Research Poster Award and $100 for his poster “Food Consumption Attitude: An Analysis of Gender Differences on Food Attitudes.” The project grew out of an assignment in professor Chris Loeffler’s honors anthropology 1 class. Marcelo also received $500 for one of only five council Outstanding Abstract Awards, for his oral presentation, “Ask Your Doctor About Our Product: The Impact of Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising on Public Health and Safety,” a project mentored by professor Lewis Long. Marcelo also was promised a $500 UCI Research Grant Award by UCI’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program should he transfer to the school.

Another of the conference’s five Outstanding Abstract Awards went to Honors Program member Rahil Hamza for her presentation on “The Real Walking Dead: Physiological and Psychological Effects of Haitian Zombification Practices,” mentored by professor Kurt Meyer. Tingyu Chen won an Exemplary Achievement Scholarship from the council and $250 for her excellent performance in the IVC Honors Program.

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Posted 5/22/2014
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