Ampersand 2021 Virtual Edition

Each year students showcase their projects to the campus, community, alumni, parents and community partners on Ampersand Day in the spring.

Posted April 01, 2021

Ampersand 2021 Virtual Edition logo The community celebrated virtually this year for Ampersand “Week” as students showcased their research and projects over a period of four days. All presentations were on Zoom and were open to the public. Below are just a few examples. For much more, go to

COVID-19 Biochemistry: Understanding the Spike Protein of SARS-CoV-2 with SARS-CoV-2 Spike Antigen in the Prefusion Conformation by student researchers Anna Fuller, Sierra McCray and Ian Graham (not pictured) with faculty mentor Dr. Jamie Ferguson.

Agroforestry in Appalachia presented by Sofia Inchausti with faculty mentor Dr. Deborah Spencer and ASD support from Chloe Yates.

COVID-19 Biochemistry: Understanding the Spike Protein of SARS-CoV-2 and effects of SARS-CoV-2 Variant D614G on Virus Infectivity with student researchers Maureen Beasneatte-Cullinane and Rice Rander with faculty mentor Dr. Jamie Ferguson.

A Place to Call Home: An Oral History of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, a historically African-American church, presented by Taylor Hines with faculty advisors Rev. David Jackson and Rev. Sharon Wright.

ScienceFest: Biosynthetic Manipulation of Hyperforin to Regulate Instant Gene Expression in St. John’s Wort presented by Chase Poulsen with faculty advisor Dr. Christine Fleet.

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