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Undergraduate Research Conference Enters into Seventh Year

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The seventh annual Undergraduate Research Conference will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University. President Ron Wood will give the opening remarks at 8:30 a.m., followed an address by keynote speaker Margaret J. Filardo, who will speak about her research on the Columbia River. Research projects from SMSU students representing 13 academic areas will be featured. Approximately 180 students will participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference. Their research work will include either oral presentations or poster presentations.
The Conference gives students an opportunity to highlight their hard work in a professional setting. “Employers tell us they want students who can problem solve and think critically, which is precisely what this project requires of the students,” said Dr. Emily Deaver.
The conference will take place at several locations across campus. Oral presentations will be given in the Conference Center Ballroom as well as other areas, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Poster presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be in the first floor of the Conference Center and in the Bellows Commons area. Art displays will be in the upper level of the Student Center.
Oral presentations consist of PowerPoint slideshows about the students’ research topic followed by a short Q&A session. Oral presentations will take place in the Conference Center and Charter Hall.
Poster presentations are created using a template and are printed by Charlie Kost in the GIS Center at SMSU. The posters are the same quality as those used at professional conferences. Posters will be presented in the Lower Level of the Conference Center and the Library Plaza.
Original Works—in the Upper Level of the Conference Center—and Demonstrations—in the Black Box Theater (Fine Arts Building, 112)—will also be presented this year.
Some of the academic areas represented include Accounting, Art, Art History, Biology, Creative Writing, Culinology, Environmental Science, History, Interdisciplinary, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.
Students will explain their projects to the public, and others within the University community, during the day. The conference usually gathers about 500 viewers including students, faculty, family, friends, University faculty and staff, as well as local scientific agencies.
Those who would like to find a particular student presentation should check at the table on the upper level of the Conference Center for a program listing the full schedule for the day. The schedule will also be made available online at www.smsu.edu
The conference is free and open to the public. “These students are dedicated to doing well and put forth quality effort. Their effort and hard work result in some really informative and interesting presentations,” said Deaver.
For further information, call 507-537-6171, or e-mail Emily.Deaver@smsu.edu.

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