Three Student-Athletes Present at 2017 URCAD

(L to R) Hannah Aris, Katie Ross, and Savannah Steinly all presented research at this year's Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD).
(L to R) Hannah Aris, Katie Ross, and Savannah Steinly all presented research at this year's Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD).

BALTIMORE – Three UMBC student-athletes presented at the university's 21st annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) on Wednesday, April 26.

Junior Hannah Aris, who competes on the track and field team, presented her research on "Maximizing Phosphorus Recovery from Chicken Litters." Her research was focused on "incorporate our method into a continuous flow process for automated extraction and recovery…and test the extraction efficiencies of three different litter loadings." Aris's project was funded through an Undergraduate Research Award from the UMBC Office of Undergraduate Education, as well as the National Science Foundation.

Senior Katie Ross, a member of the swimming and diving team, is a psychology major and delivered her presentation on "Correlation of Community Based Programs for Justice Involved Women." Her study "examines the number and characteristics of programs for justice involved women and their relation to state-level indicators, such as the poverty and unemployment rates, the recidivism rate for women, the proportion of women incarcerated, the number of substance abuse treatment admissions per state, the political climate and the crime rate."

Junior Savannah Steinly of the cross country team presented her research in ""Direct and Indirect Photolysis of Organometallic Compounds." Her research focuses on "the photolysis of organo-selenium and –tin compounds. Such compounds are commonly introduced into the environment from use in agriculture and marine biocides (Sn) and municipal/industrial wastewater (Se), among other sources." Steinly's project was also funded in part through an Undergraduate Research Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research, as well as the National Science Foundation.

URCAD features research, scholarship, and creative work carried out by UMBC undergraduates. Student work is shared through oral presentations, posters, artistic exhibits, performances, and film. Over 250 presenters participate annually. Researchers work with faculty mentors on independent research, or research that is part of the mentor's on-going projects.  They are from all disciplines, and can be working on a thesis, capstone project, part of a scholars or honors program, or they can be unaffiliated.