Scholars’ Day will showcase research work

There is one day of the year when undergraduate and graduate students get to present their research projects. Scholars’ Day will be here Monday, April 18.

In 2009, the very first event, which was created by the College of Sciences took place to allow students to demonstrate their work and encourage more of their peers to get involved in doing research.

Psychology Professor Dr. Trent Terrell is serving as the chair of the event’s committee.

The previous chair, Dr. Isaac Gusukuma, helped create the event along with Dean of College of Sciences and Interim Dean, College of Humanities, Dr. Darrell Watson, whom Terrell gives full credit to for making Scholars’ Day what it is today.

“One of the goals of Scholars’ Day is to provide undergraduate researchers with an opportunity to present their work to others in a conference-like setting,” he said.

The planning committee “hopes the experience will teach students about the process of applying to conferences and will prompt them to submit proposals to other events in the future,” Terrell said.

“(They) review proposals and provide feedback  to the students.”

Terrell is prepared. He has organized, collected and planned various locations around campus for hosting the event.

Sessions will include different poster set ups, paper presentations, slideshows displaying art exhibits as well as “a lecture on the importance of undergraduate research from Dr. John Idoux, professor of chemistry at Tarleton State University and partner-in-residence at The Texas Bioscience Institute,” he said.

All departments on campus are invited to participate in the event. The biology, chemistry, psychology, exercise and sports science, social work, graduate psychology and counseling, nursing, English, math, political science and others all have presentations prepared.

For the poster session, student authors will be present from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Lord Conference Center in Parker Academic Center. Viewing times are from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Different topics of research papers can be found in the same building, but in different classrooms.

Times and locations vary throughout the day and are open to all students.

Idoux’s lecture will be in Brindley Auditorium at 11 a.m.

A slideshow featuring more than 40 pieces of artwork from senior art majors can be viewed between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Lord Conference Center. Each student’s work has been exhibited in the Arla Ray Tyson Art Gallery in the past year.

Terrell hopes to see many students participating.

He even has an incentive.

He said, “Students attending the poster or paper sessions will be eligible for a drawing to win an Amazon Kindle.”

Author: Andra Holbrooks

Andra is a senior Mass Communication/Journalism major from Aledo, TX. She is the Features Page Editor for The Bells. Andra loves spending time with her family, roommates and friends. Although her time at UMHB will soon come to an end, she will always hold the Crusader family dearly in her heart. Her adventure of becoming Features Editor for The Bells began in 2008. Being a writer was not a profession she ever imagined pursuing, but she is thankful for the opportunity God has given her to do so. She enjoys page designing and writing feature stories. After graduation in May, she hopes to use her degree by working for a magazine or reporting for a news station.

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