For release: February 2, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Six University of Memphis honors students will present their research projects during
the “Posters at the Capitol” event Feb. 9 in Nashville. Fifty-nine undergraduate students
from nine universities will participate in the annual event, which takes place in
the lobby of the state Capitol building. Legislators will be encouraged to meet students
from their districts and see first-hand the high caliber of research being conducted
by undergraduate from across the state. The U of M students and their projects and
faculty mentors are:
Natasha Brooks, senior criminal justice major from Bartlett, “Analysis of the Theories that S.H.A.P.E.
Deviant Behavior of a Minority
Juvenile;” faculty mentor Dr. Wayne Pitts;
Porshia Gibbs, senior biology major from Stanton, Tenn., “Brown versus Blonde Fur Mate Preference
in Male and Female Meadow Voles;” faculty mentor Dr. Michael Ferkin;
Jasmine Jackson, senior economics major from Memphis, “Core Determinants of the Excessive Rx Use
and Spending in the State of Tennessee: A County Level Investigation;” faculty mentor
Dr. Albert Okunade;
Ryan Manning, senior biomedical engineering major from Bartlett, “Use of Organic Acid Solvents
for Chitosan Microsphere Based Scaffolds;” faculty mentor Dr. Joel Bumgardner;
Kevin Newton, junior psychology major from Memphis, “Does Sex or Medium Affect Accuracy of Prosocial
Self-Report?” faculty mentor Dr. Jeffrey Berman; and
Omar Tamula, senior physics major from Shelbyville, Tenn., “Aerogel-based Nerve Repair: A Feasibility
Study;” faculty mentor Dr. Firouzeh Sabri.
The Helen Hardin Honors Program provides support for students to present their research,
creative works, and community-based learning projects at regional and national conferences.
For more information concerning “Posters at the Capitol” or the Helen Hardin Honors
Program, call 901-678-2690.