Epidemiology & Tensile Strength
Honors Students to Present at Western Region Honors Conference
For the first time in several years, two GCC students, Katerina Santa Cruz and Brandon Garcia, will take part in the Western Regional Honors Conference. In addition to being selected to give presentations, the two will have their work displayed as posters.
Hosted by the Metropolitan State University of Denver Honors Program and the Western Regional Honors Council, the conference will be held in downtown Denver from April 11-13. This year’s theme is “New West, Old West”
Each student was required to submit an abstract as well as a shorter proposal for their presentation, detailing their research and conclusions. This year’s applicants were encouraged to describe and celebrate the idea of discovery and collaboration within Honors programs and colleges, both across institutions, and more broadly, in local and regional communities.
Garcia submitted a proposal involving materials analysis, usually done with the help of stress and shear diagrams and typically difficult to understand. He proposed developing a test frame that would make the process simpler, building it for less money and keeping it at the GCC engineering facilities for continued use.
Santa Cruz proposed reviewing research that charts the effects of climate change (as a cause of global warming) and the role it takes in the epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases.
Proposals were judged by the Western Regional Honors Conference Committee, made up of members of the Western Regional Honors Council, which comprises people from over 50 schools representing 14 different states in the west.
Aubrei Smith, History faculty and one of three Honors co-coordinators, served as an advisor in the writing and submitting of the proposals. “These are remarkable students in that they created their projects themselves and wrote their proposals and abstracts largely themselves,” she said.
Smith will be accompanying the students to the conference, where she will act as the go-between for the council and our students. Terri Desai, Political Science faculty, another of the Honors co-coordinators, will also accompany the group. Other staff and faculty that have been involved include co-coordinator Ladonna Lewis and Honors program assistant Debbie Albury, who handled all of the logistics from registration to travel arrangements. The students also had faculty mentors.