Research drives discovery



Event recognizes student work, faculty excellence

ECU News Services

More than 280 undergraduate and graduate students presented their research April 8- 12 to fellow students, colleagues, faculty and the local community in a conference-style setting at East Carolina University’s Mendenhall Student Center.

It was the seventh annual installment of ECU’s Research & Creative Achievement Week,a forum providing an opportunity for discovery in biomedical sciences, business, education, engineering, the fine and performing arts, human health, humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, technology and computer science, and visual art and design. Their research can be shared either via poster or oral presentations, face-to-face or online.

“It is a key learning opportunity for students to experience one of the most important skills they will need as they graduate: presentation of their own creative work,” said Tom McConnell, associate dean of the Graduate School at ECU and chair of the this year’s RCAW events.

The best among the student research projects and the first-ever Faculty Mentor Award winners – the nominations made by students – were presented during a luncheon at noon on April 12 in the Mendenhall Great Rooms.

Additionally, faculty members achieving excellence in research and creative endeavors were recognized. Below are this year’s recipients.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Roger A. Rulifson

Professor, Department of Biology
Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

When Roger Rulifson has meetings with members of federal agencies, he doesn’t see strangers anymore. He sees his former students—a testimony of just how far he’s come in 30 years of fisheries research and the difference he’s made. Read more…


Five-Year Achievement Awards

Baohong Zhang

Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Baohong Zhang, a molecular biologist and associate professor of biology, received a 2013 Five-Year Achievement Award from the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies. Read more…


Thomas Herron

Associate Professor, Department of English
Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

An English professor at East Carolina University is being recognized this month for his research and published works on the literary and cultural history of the late 16th and early 17th century Ireland. Read more…



Scholarship of Engagement Award

Rebecca J. Dumlao

Associate Professor, School of Communication
College of Fine Arts & Communication

Vibrant flowers decorate Rebecca Dumlao’s office in Joyner East overlooking the Cupola at East Carolina University. Read more…