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Appalachian students participate in the 9th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

BOONE—Forty-eight undergraduate students from Appalachian State University presented their work at the 9th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium held at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus on Nov. 16.

View larger imageAppalachian State University senior Ashby Gale, an environmental science major, discusses his poster presentation at the 9th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium earlier this month. He was one of 48 Appalachian students participating. (Photo courtesy of Chris Thaxton)

The Appalachian students represented biology; chemistry; computer science; environmental science; mathematical sciences; physics and astronomy; psychology; philosophy and religion; English; cultural, gender and global studies; computer science; geography and planning; and geology.

A total of 35 North Carolina academic institutions attended the symposium, with 356 students delivering research/creative performance presentations. Appalachian students presented their research and creative endeavors in posters, oral reports, creative expressions and interactive exhibits.

“Our 48 undergraduate students who made presentations simply did an outstanding job. Out of the 35 colleges and universities represented at the event, Appalachian had the second highest number of presentations with 48, second only to N.C. State which had 53,” said Dr. Alan Utter, director of Appalachian’s Office of Student Research.

This year’s N.C. Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium was held jointly with the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NC-LSAMP) annual research conference. NC-LSAMP is a federally funded initiative supported by the National Science Foundation. The objective of this program is to increase the recruitment, retention and degree attainment among student populations who have been historically underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. NC-LSAMP is an alliance of eight institutions within the UNC System.

Duke University students and faculty and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty created the first Triangle Undergraduate Research Symposium (TURS) in November 2003, and the first State of N.C. Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium was held in November 2005. N.C. State University will host the 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium in 2014.

For more information, visit http://sncurcs.org.

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