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71 Appalachian students participate in 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

BOONE—A total of 71 undergraduate Appalachian State University students representing 13 different departments/programs made research presentations at the 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on the N.C. State University campus Nov. 22.

View larger imagePictured with their poster presentation at the 10th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium at N.C. State University are Appalachian State University chemistry majors Tori Placentra and senior Ashlyn Henson. Their research was among 405 presentations made during the event. (Photo submitted)

The students represented biology, chemistry, computer science, English, geology, geography and planning, health and exercise science, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, philosophy and religion, environmental science, Watauga Residential College, and the Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics program.

Students from across the state delivered 405 research/creative performance presentations, making this the largest conference so far. A total of 34 North Carolina academic institutions attended the symposium. The Appalachian students presented their research and creative endeavors in posters, oral reports, creative expressions and interactive exhibits.

“Aside from N.C. State which hosted the event, of all the colleges and universities that traveled to the meeting Appalachian had the highest number of student research presentations, with 55. As always, we are pleased with our students’ level of participation and the quality of their research,” said Dr. Alan Utter, interim vice provost for research.

N.C. State had 76 student presentations, East Carolina University had 31 and Duke University had 27. Next year’s event will be hosted by High Point University.

Appalachian encourages its students to participate in undergraduate research because it gives them the opportunity to work with their professors on meaningful research or creative endeavors and then present their findings at regional, national and international conferences. This experience can be crucial when applying to graduate school or seeking jobs.

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