Participating students in front of Gasson Hall at Boston College.

Participating students in front of Boston College’s Gasson Hall.

CLEMSON — Six Clemson students traveled to Boston College April 6-8 to participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Meeting of the Minds. The conference is held annually every spring to celebrate undergraduate research and provides an opportunity for sharing of ideas and collaboration.

Clemson students who participated in the program and their research projects are:

  • Connor Burke – Neurogenomic Expression of Two Synaptic Plasticity Genes and Their Relation to Mate Choice Behavior in Virgin P. latipinna Females
  • Alethea Harrison – The Mount Carmel A.M.E Zion Campground (A Home Away From Home)
  • Emily Huffer – Measuring the Impact of and Successfully Integrating Mobile Technology in Hospitals
  • Buckley McCall and Reece Moore – The Effects of Astaxanthin on the Proliferation and Migration of Breast Cancer
  • Emily Scircle – Daytime Sleepiness in College Students: Sleep Deprived or Sunlight Deprived?
  • Agata Walkowiak – Effect of Fatty Acid Synthesis Inhibitor Cerulenin on Bloodstream Form T. brucei

“I am proud of our Clemson students not only for their intellectual contributions to their chosen fields, but also for the ways that they represented Clemson at Meeting of the Minds,” said Bridget Trogden, associate dean for Undergraduate Studies. “Our students sought out opportunities to discuss and exchange ideas with the other meeting participants. They learned about research in disciplines other than their own and made excellent professional and personal contacts for their careers to come.”

Image of student Connor Burke discusses his research with peers during a poster session.

Connor Burke discusses his research with peers during a poster session.

Each participating ACC institution sends six students to present either an oral or poster presentation. Research from every background is represented, including the sciences, arts and humanities.

“Before this conference, I had never been exposed to research from other departments such as anthropology, art or even scene design,” said Walkowiak, a genetics and biochemistry major. “I also enjoyed seeing research that was interdisciplinary.”

Clemson University hosted the inaugural Meeting of the Minds in 2006. Details about next year’s event will be released later this year. For those interested in participating, contact Bridget Trogden (