In a football field house full of chatter East Carolina University senior Meghan Lower gathers a group of high school students at local C.M. Eppes Middle School. While the room traditionally houses football helmets and pads, each winter the room is transformed into work benches and design hubs as a pair of Pitt County robotics clubs revamps the space to build engineering marvels. Lower, an EC Scholar member, knew her love for science education would lead her into undiscovered territories, but she never imagined that a simple internship would give her the chance to build robots and affect students across the globe.
East Carolina University student researchers are more visible than ever thanks to new research posters placed around campus. The posters highlight researchers in a variety of fields, including biology, biomedical physics, journalism, political science, visual arts, and communications. The posters, developed by ECU’s Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement, include current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni. The division plans to add more posters around campus throughout the year, giving students an opportunity to see the faces behind the university’s groundbreaking student-led research activities.
In the 1980s and early ’90s, a commercial jingle described cotton as the “fabric of our lives.” Nearly three decades later, cotton truly has been an important fiber for East Carolina University’s Baohong Zhang. After spending his academic career studying the fiber, Zhang’s hard work paid off as the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor was named a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Zhang was recognized for his contributions in plant science, particularly for his discoveries on microRNAs and cotton biology.