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Scholars Symposium Showcases Undergraduate Research

Contact Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 26, 2010) – The best and brightest of UCM’s undergraduate scholars will present their original research during the 2010 Scholars Symposium March 30 in the university’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library.

Forty-three students will present research in moderated panels. Session I will begin at 9:30 a.m. Panel 1 will offer research on sustainability presented by Samantha Gorton and Jacqui Kendrick; Nathaniel Larm; Lori Pigue; and Wyatt Simpson in JCKL 1424, moderated by Li Liu, associate professor of geography. Panel II will offer research presented by Brian Banach, Jayme Gibson and Elizabeth Holcomb; Heather Fusaro; Jacob Neubauer; Michael Rau; and Heather Short in the areas of chemistry and biology in JCKL 1430, moderated by Gija Geme, assistant professor of biochemistry and chemistry; and Panel III will offer research by Trey Brock, Kayce Eagen, Michael Phinney and Timothy Wong in the area of mathematics in JCKL 2305, moderated by David Ewing, associate professor of mathematics education.

Session II begins at 11 a.m. Charles Martin, associate professor of English, will moderate Panel I in JCKL 1430, with presentations by Annie Beile and Kinsey Parker; Rachel Linnea Brown; Caleb Carter; Annie Lowe; Jacoba Jacobsen and Deanna Mazdra; and Elissa Schrader in the area of literature and arts. Panel II will include research presented in JCKL 1260 by Ursula Harris, Evelyn Harvey, Bethany Mealy and Andrea Petersen in the areas of psychology, social issues and nursing, moderated by Julie Clawson, chair of the Department of Nursing; and Panel III will offer additional research in the area of sustainability presented in JCKL 1424 by James Box, James Crawshaw and Andrea Villasuso, moderated by Liu.

A dance performance, “Soul2Soul,” will be presented at 12:30 p.m. in the library’s Performance Corner by Annie Beile and Kinsey Parker. Session III begins at 2 p.m. in JCKL 1424, with Panel I presented research in kinesiology, moderated by Steven Burns, assistant professor of kinesiology. Panel II offers research presented by Manny Abarca, Kathleen Miller, Erin Teeter and Holly Wagner in the areas of gender, politics and education, moderated by Wendy Geiger, associate professor of communication, in JCKL 1430.

UCM’s Scholars Symposium is an annual event dedicated to celebrating the research and creative achievements of undergraduate students. The symposium’s structure is designed to foster dialog in and across disciplines. Presenters are clustered on panels devoted to general academic and creative themes. After presenting condensed versions of their work, a roundtable discussion, guided by a faculty member, follows, offering participants the opportunity to share related interests.

For more information about UCM’s 2010 Scholars Symposium, contact Darlene Ciraulo, associate professor of English and coordinator of undergraduate research, at 660-543-4696,