On April 15, 2010, Criminal Justice student Sam Mantel won 2nd place for his presentation “HIV / AIDS Knowledge of Teens in Alabama” at the university-wide Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference.

The conference gives students from all majors across the university the opportunity to earn practical experience in defending or performing their work before judges.  Nearly 300 students competed in this spring’s competition.

“The thrill of discovery students experience by working with a faculty mentor to produce their own new research findings, an exciting work of art, or other intellectual accomplishment is an ideal stepping stone to a productive career, regardless of major,” explained Dr. David Franko, head of the new UA Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Committee.

Mantel, who also won 1st place in the Department of Criminal Justice’s Undergraduate Research Competition, was mentored by Dr. Bronwen Lichtenstein.

Sam Mantel presents his paper “HIV / AIDS Knowledge of Teens in Alabama”

Mantel and faculty mentor Dr. Bronwen Lichtenstein