Eight Longwood University undergraduate students presented their work in undergraduate research and creative scholarship at the virtual 36th annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

Established in 1987 by the Council on Undergraduate Research, NCUR exists to highlight and support excellence in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative endeavors across all disciplines and varieties of institutions of higher education.

Participating in NCUR allows students the opportunity to share their research, hone their communication skills, and receive feedback from and engage in discussions with students and faculty from myriad fields of study.

The Longwood students who presented at NCUR 2022 are:

  •  Kaleigh Beale- Chemistry (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Sarah Porter)

    * Analysis and Remediation of Fluoride in Drinking Water in Isle of Wight County, VA

  • Andrew Brittingham- Psychology (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Cristina Crego)

    * An Examination of Coping Mechanisms Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic Utilizing the Five Factor Model

  • Brianna Cervantes- Biology (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Amorette Barber)

    * Gallate Esters Alter CD4 T cell Immunity 

  • Payton Davenport- Psychology (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Cristina Crego)

    * The role of personality, gender, and religion on reproductive and sexual health knowledge variables

  •  Cecily Hayek- Biology (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Wade Znosko)

    * The Effects of Impaired Water on Zebrafish Muscle Development and Startle Responses

  • Sophie Kidd- Biology (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Dale Beach)

    * Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Investigate Salmonella Pathogenicity Islands in Clinical and Environmental Samples

  • Marcia Reeves- Chemistry (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Andrew Yeagley)

    * Synthesis and evaluation of gallate esters as alternatives to traditional parabens

  • Stephanie Willis- Biology (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Amorette Barber)

    * Costimulatory Domains Alter the Efficacy and Safety of Chimeric Antigen Receptor-Expressing Gamma Delta T cells


Applications for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research open annually in early Fall. Travel and hotel accommodations of students who present at NCUR are provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

If you would like to learn more about getting involved in research at Longwood University, please visit Longwood’s Office of Student Research website http://www.longwood.edu/office-of-student-research/

or contact Amorette Barber, Director of the Office of Student Research (osr@longwood.edu or barberar@longwood.edu).