Biology student at UNCP wins award

By: Staff report

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke student senior Cassandra Barlogio was recognized at the national Alpha Chi Convention held in Oregon from April 5 to April 7.

Barlogio was awarded the Blake and Trish Janutolo Prize in Organismal and Ecological Biology for her presentation titled, “Discovering the Microbial Diversity of the Lumber River.”

Of the 250 student presentations, Barlogio was among 27 to receive prizes for the best scholarly, creative and artistic presentations in their field. She was awarded a cash prize.

Six other UNCP students — Mia Baxley, Aaliyah Weatherington, Jullienne Lim, Justice Pevia, Korrinne Bethel and Neveen Issa — also gave presentations. English professor Dr. Teagan Decker, assistant dean of the Honors College, also attended.

Barlogio, a St. Louis native, is studying molecular biology and conducts microbial diversity research with the Sandefur Lab. She will graduate in December and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in microbiology.

Alpha Chi, a national college honor society, accepts students who place in the top 10 percent of their class from all academic disciplines. Barlogio is a member of the UNCP Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Chi honors society.

Additionally, Barlogio, along with fellow UNCP student Joshua Cade, have been selected to participate in a 10-week research internship this summer at the University of North Carolina. They will be involved in research projects mentored by scholars with the SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The program began May 20 and will continue through July 27.

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Staff report