Undergraduate Research Projects Impress at The Research Triangle Park


UNC Asheville students showcased their undergraduate research at the first RTP 360 event at The Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the U.S., and home to more than 170 global companies. Taking center stage at the February 6 event were December 2013 graduate Erin Litke, who took the audience on a curious journey into the mind of China’s youth; senior Sophie Berry, who shared her work with The Virtual Lincoln Project; and senior Corey McClintock, who combined chemistry and creative writing in an examination of the provocative literary work of Primo Levi.

Several students also presented posters of their recent research at the sold-out event, which attracted local businesses from The RTP and area universities. UNC Asheville faculty advisors and administrators accompanied the undergraduates to share the many innovative research projects across the liberal arts and sciences.  

“This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to demonstrate what ‘seriously creative’ means when applied to research, scholarship, innovation and entrepreneurship,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder. “So far, it’s been mostly our local businesses that have benefited from our students’ ingenuity; now, businesses in the Triangle will have a chance to hire our best and brightest students, who are solving real world problems even before they graduate.”

Bob Geolas, president and CEO of The RTP Foundation, invited UNC Asheville’s Undergraduate Research Program to make this special presentation and share examples of innovative research and scholarship.

See the discussion from social media on UNC Asheville's storify for seriously creative research at The RTP.