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Scholars Symposium Offers a Glimpse at Academic Successes

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 25, 2008) - The best and brightest of UCM ’s student scholars will showcase their research and creative student projects during the 7th annual Central Scholars Symposium April 7-8 in the Elliott Union. More than 160 students will participate in the event this year.

“Posters and oral presentations, exhibits, performances, and demonstrations, allow us to accommodate a wide range of student projects,” said Patricia Decker, director of undergraduate research and organizer of the event.

Poster Exhibits

Posters will be on display from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the Elliott Union ballroom, along with art work and photography. Students will be available to discuss their posters for portions of the display period and students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are welcome to browse through the wide variety of posters.

Poster topics this year include research on video game habits of college students, worldwide fertilizer consumption trends, incarcerated mothers, macrofungi and myxomycetes, bone mineral density in college students, and the relationship between hip-hop music and aggression.  Among the exhibits will be a class design and prototype of a “Commuter Computer.”

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will take place in Elliott Union 231, 233, and 235 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Presenters in this category are allotted 25 minutes for the presentation and questions. Oral presentations include talks on “21+3 Blackjack Casino Game,” “A New Kind of Pine Street,” “Evaluating Nested Fractions,” and “Characteristics of Visitors to the Annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival.”

One-Act Performances

Original one-act plays by Paul Rundle, Ryan Fortney, Auriel Starr, and Paul Carr are scheduled from 3:15 -6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in Elliott Union 234, and a vocal performance by Nicholas Mast is planned for 3:45 p.m.

Awards Announced April 16

Students presenting the outstanding project, exhibit, or performance in each category, as determined by a team of faculty and staff judges, will receive a cash award and plaque and will be recognized at an awards luncheon on April 16.

 “This is a great opportunity for students to gain experience presenting their work in a comfortable, low-stress environment in preparation for presentations at regional and national conferences,” Decker said.

For More Information

The symposium is free and open to the UCM and Warrensburg communities. For more information, contact Decker at 660-543-4696.