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Over 300 Students to Present Projects at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

LAWRENCE — The 22nd annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27. More than 300 University of Kansas undergraduates from departments across campus will share their research and creative projects at this annual event, which will take place in the Kansas Union and the Commons at Spooner Hall.

“This event is a showcase of the phenomenal research and creative work done by undergraduate students across this university,” said Alison Olcott, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and associate professor of geology. “The work that will be presented Saturday is both high-quality and reflects the wide range of research that students do at KU. Student presenters represent departments and schools from all over the university and range in experience from first year to graduating seniors.”

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research, along with the Commons. Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to attend the symposium to learn about the breadth of undergraduate research at KU. A full list of student presenters and a schedule for the day are available on the Center’s website.

The Undergraduate Research Symposium began in 1998 with the vision of Professor Emeritus K. Barbara Schowen, who wanted to provide an opportunity for students to share the results of their research and creative projects and hone their communication skills. Over the past 20 years, the campus has seen an increase in the number of students, faculty and staff participating in and supporting this annual event.

ACE Talks

The ACE Talks are the keynote presentations for the day. These talks showcase students presenting their research and creative projects in an (A)ccesible, (C)reative and (E)ngaging way. Students applied to give an ACE Talk by submitting an abstract of their work and a short video of themselves talking about their project. ACE Talk presenters each receive $500 in addition to the featured speaking slot. The 2019 ACE Talk winners:

  • Rose Argent, Lexington, Tennessee, “Species Delimitation in the Widespread Northern Philippine Bent-toed Gecko, (Cyrtodactylus philippinicus),” mentored by Rafe Brown, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology
  • Olivia Hollman, Shawnee, “A Mythos of Belonging: The Curse of Tutankhamen in the British Empire (1922-1932),” mentored by Andrew Denning, assistant professor of history, and Erik Scott, associate professor of history
  • Zachary Wood, Eureka, Missouri, “Synthesis and Characterization of Organic Molecules for Potential Applications in Nanoelectronics,” mentored by Mikhail Barybin, professor of chemistry.

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