WCU scores in undergraduate poster design competition

Bryson Shannon poses with his poster “Power Output of Flexible Solar Panels.”

Western Carolina University students received recognition for their poster design during a recent Appalachian Energy Summit held in Boone.

This year, 30 students from 10 universities competed to win $2,400 in cash prizes in the annual contest held by the Appalachian Energy Center at Appalachian State University. The organization conducts energy research and program activities for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and acts as a resource for nonprofits and private industry, and local, state and federal governments.

Isaac Hayes elaborates on his poster about evaluating recycling on campus.

In the undergraduate project and research category, WCU student Isaac Hayes won the grand prize for his “Evaluating Recycling in Two Classroom Buildings at Western Carolina University” design, while fellow WCU student Bryson Shannon received an honorable mention for his “Power Output of Flexible Solar Panels” design. Poster subject matter ranged from energy efficiency and renewables to technology, education, policy and environmental impacts.

“Seeing them win was a proud moment for the university and a great example of utilizing campus as a living-learning lab,” said Lauren Bishop, WCU chief sustainability officer. “Plus, the summit was an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their work, develop business skills and network.”

For more information, contact the WCU Office of Sustainability and Energy Management at 828-227-7442.