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Students participate in the 11th Annual SNCURCS research event

BOONE—A total of 146 undergraduate students and faculty from Appalachian State University attended the 11th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium at High Point University Nov. 14.

View larger imageStudents from across North Carolina delivered more than 400 research/creative performance presentations at the 11th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium at High Point University. Appalachian had a record number of undergraduate research presentations at the event. (Photo submitted)View larger imagePhilip Ashmore and Lauren Rogers were among Appalachian State University undergraduates presenting at the event. Their research project analyzed the concentration of BPAs, a binder for plastics, in craft beer as a result of a canning method that uses a plastic liner in aluminum cans. (Photo submitted)

Presentations were made from disciplines including art, biology, business, chemistry, communication, computer science, education, English, environmental sciences, geology, geography and planning, mathematical sciences, nutrition, political science, physics and astronomy, philosophy and religion, psychology and sociology.

A total of 40 North Carolina academic institutions attended the symposium. Students from across the state delivered 414 research/creative performance presentations, with Appalachian hosting a record number of undergraduate research presentations.

“By engaging in undergraduate research, our students are acquiring the essential capacity to inquire, to create, to ask questions and to challenge. Our faculty are training and educating Appalachian undergraduate students to not only have potential careers in research but also those who will become consultants, business managers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, policy creators and innovators,” said Dr. Alan C. Utter, interim vice provost for research. “Ultimately the products of their efforts will directly impact the goal of the university’s strategic plan by advancing knowledge and addressing the challenges of our region, state and world through creativity and innovation.”