Delta’s at National Conference for Undergraduate Research
Brilliant, motivated and inspiring: three words that barely begin to describe a pair of remarkable Tri Delta women taking Elon by a storm. Carissa Hilliard and Katie Seringer, both graduating this spring, will present their individual research in March at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Only a select group of students from across the entire country have the privilege of presenting their work at NCUR. Good luck, Carissa and Katie!
With dreams of becoming an oncologist, Carissa is well on her way to success. Her research, entitled: “Telemedicine and Oncolology: A Study in the Effectiveness of Cancer Support through Social Media”, explored how the top three cancer hospitals in the United States utilize Facebook as a medium through which to interact and engage with patients. As an Honors Fellow double majoring in Pre-Medicine and Communications Science, Carissa has dovetailed her two passions in this project which she began to piece together her first year of college. Having already held two internships with the telemedicine department at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and working directly with the mastermind behind the concept of telemedicine, there is no doubt this Tri Delta woman is well on her way to becoming a medical superstar!
Elonthon. Orientation. College Fellows. Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. When she is not pursuing her academic passions, Katie is heavily involved on Elon’s campus. The research she will be presenting at NCUR, entitled “As much as I hate the disease, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without it: Experiences of Acceptance and Rejection in HIV Illness Narratives”, presents a collection of 20 narratives of people living with HIV at Higher Ground, a communal center for people living with HIV in Greensboro. As much as Katie’s fantastic research will benefit society, her research has also impacted her: “I want to be a voice for those who have been silenced because of HIV. My research has become a huge part of who I am and how I choose to live my life.” One day with a Ph.D. added to her impressive resume, Katie hopes to become a professor and inspire others, just as she has been inspired at Elon.