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Students participate in national research conference

June 13, 2016

Three Lander University students concluded the semester leading to their graduation in April by competing in a national conference on student research held in Asheville, N.C. Kimberly Modica, of Waterloo; Mariana Martins, of Portugal; and Renata Mello, of Brazil, were students in Lander’s Honors College.

The three were selected to make presentations at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which promotes research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of academic study by sponsoring the annual conference for students.

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Modica’s research poster was titled “Millennials: Voting, Public Opinion and Media Use for the 2016 Presidential Election.”

Martins’ research project was “Nutrition Education Strategies to Reduce Weight Gain During College Years,” while Mello’s presentation focused on the economic benefits and costs of the upcoming summer Olympics in her native Brazil.

Modica graduated from Lander with a political science degree and is enrolled in the international relations master’s degree program at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. Martins, who was a member of Lander’s women’s golf team, received a degree in exercise science and is planning to attend medical school. Mello, a four-year member of Lander’s women’s tennis team, earned a business degree with a marketing management emphasis.

The annual NCUR conference brings together faculty, administrators, policy makers, representatives of funding agencies and others with an interest in conducting and promoting undergraduate research. It features a variety of workshops and presentations.