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April 22, 2010 Volume 31, No. 28

Undergrads present posters

Faculty researchers and grad students aren’t the only people laboring away in labs around campus. One of the things that makes Mizzou special is the extent to which undergraduates take part in creating knowledge through research. MU will celebrate those students’ accomplishments with the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Forum from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the Bond Life Sciences Center’s McQuinn Atrium.

More than 200 MU undergraduates will present more than 175 research posters detailing their work with faculty mentors. Topics are as varied as gender in advertising, roadway work zone safety, effects of public service announcements on binge drinking and detecting melanoma cells with lasers. Winners of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements will be announced at 4 p.m. April 27 at McQuinn Atrium.

Undergraduates develop their problem-solving and communication skills by conducting research with MU faculty in addition to learning more about their chosen academic disciplines,” says Linda Blockus, director of MU’s Office of Undergraduate Research.