Stu­dents and fac­ulty who quest to dis­cover big solu­tions to world prob­lems turned out in force on March 26 to high­light their hypotheses and find­ings at the annual Research and Schol­ar­ship Expo.

Over 240 posters — visual rep­re­sen­ta­tions of research projects by fac­ulty and stu­dents — were dis­played at Cabot Cage in an after­noon event described by Pres­i­dent Aoun as another man­i­fes­ta­tion of the great col­lab­o­ra­tive research taking place at North­eastern University.

What we’ve seen is a crescendo of our research efforts over the last three years, and what has been hap­pening at the Research Expo is out­standing,” Aoun said, noting that he hopes to see fac­ulty and stu­dent work appear reg­u­larly on uni­ver­sity Internet sites.

Topics for the poster pre­sen­ta­tions cov­ered a wide-​​range of dis­ci­plines, from the sci­ences and engi­neering to the arts and social sciences.

Provost Stephen Director and Ken Blank, vice provost for research, each expressed excite­ment about the quality of work dis­played by so many strong researchers.

I’d like to con­grat­u­late the researchers,” said Director, “The work is truly phe­nom­enal. We can take great pride in the work that is occur­ring at Northeastern.”

Blank described the expo as an invalu­able oppor­tu­nity for under­grad­u­ates to par­tic­i­pate in high-​​level research in an open, col­le­gial environment.

This is a day to cel­e­brate what we’ve done and where we’re headed,” he said. “It’s an impor­tant oppor­tu­nity for the fac­ulty and the stu­dents to learn what types of research are being per­formed throughout the university.”

Biology stu­dent Anna Meador, a lead inves­ti­gator in research of pol­lu­tion con­trol through algae, said she worked side-​​by-​​side with master’s stu­dents on a project to decon­t­a­m­i­nate the New Bed­ford Harbor.

I felt like I was a grad stu­dent because I was doing the same type of work,” she said, adding that she loved pulling on her boots and wading into the harbor. She was searching for evi­dence to link the capacity of green algae to absorb pol­lu­tants like PCB.

Here is a list of stu­dents with first-​​place win­ning posters in under­grad­uate and grad­uate com­pe­ti­tions span­ning seven categories:

Grad­uate stu­dent Laura Pfeifer and under­grad­uate Yamani Jana, both in com­puter and infor­ma­tion sci­ences; grad­uate stu­dent Sel­vapraba Sel­varasah and under­grad­uate Mar­tina List, both in engi­neering and tech­nology; grad­uate stu­dent Jamie Becker and under­grad­uate John Bra­bant, both in health sci­ences and tech­nology; grad­uate stu­dent Aleta Budd and under­grad­uate Ying Xu, both in human­i­ties and arts; grad­uate stu­dent Anthony West­phal and under­grad­uate Tom Cinq-​​Mars, both in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary topics, cen­ters and insti­tutes; grad­uate stu­dent Thaya­paran Para­manathan and under­grad­uate Kostas Papa­markakis, both in the phys­ical and life sci­ences; and grad­uate stu­dent Kristen Hudak and under­grad­uate Vanessa Castro, both in social sci­ences, busi­ness and law.
Four­teen run­ners up were also selected.

Blank said the research taking place at North­eastern, whether rec­og­nized by a prize at the expo or not, is invig­o­rating cur­riculum, cre­ating excite­ment and oppor­tu­ni­ties. “This work is an impor­tant part of building a cul­ture of inquiry,” he said.