Two students named top presenters at WCU’s second Discovery Forum

Western Carolina University students Austin Brown and Nicholas Charles Heim were recognized as having the best presentations during WCU’s second Discovery Forum, an event designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, held Saturday, Nov. 9.

Brown and Heim received engraved trophies and will be invited to represent WCU at the University of North Carolina Social Entrepreneurship Conference in February.

During the forum, five student presenters selected by a special campus committee shared results of their research projects with an audience composed of students, faculty and community members in a series of five-minute presentations.

Brown, a sophomore biology major from Greensboro, presented on the topic “The Western Carolina Distiller’s Project: Bottling Beauty and Biodiversity.” Heim, a junior entrepreneurship major from Hendersonville, gave a presentation titled “Cat Catch: Mobile Phone App.”

The WCU event, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Honors College, is part of an initiative launched by the N.C. State University-based Institute for Emerging Issues, a think tank devoted to developing leadership and economic development for the state.

The IEI created the Discovery Forum to promote young leaders and community interaction, and WCU held its inaugural Discovery Forum last April as a pilot run of the successful Raleigh-based program.

For more information about the forum, call the WCU Honors College at 828-227-7383.