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Student Research Expo highlights achievements

Submitted by Kyle Troutman on April 7, 2011 – 1:56 pmNo Comment

Undergraduate and graduate students will have the chance to showcase their research projects at the Student Research Expo on Monday, April 11.

Spanning the disciplines from the arts to health sciences to technology, the expo highlights student endeavors in more than 10 disciplines.

“Each discipline has its own kind of research,” said Christopher Lloyd, assistant professor of social work. “The advantage to students is high visibility, as we invite people from off campus to come and see their work.”

Lloyd cited three specific goals of the expo: to celebrate and showcase students’ involvement in research and creative productions, to provide a venue that supports UALR’s educational and research missions and to allow students to exchange ideas in a professional setting.

Certificates will be awarded for first, second and this place in each category, with some honorable mentions in categories that have a lot of entries.

“The student research council is trying to wrestle up some cash prizes in the future to incentivize more students to participate,” Lloyd said.

One incentive is that top winners may be nominated for presentation at the annual “Posters on the Hill” event in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

“The student research council is excited to promote research and student-faculty interactions,” Lloyd said.

This year, for the first time, the undergraduate expo will take place in the morning, while the graduate research expo will be in the afternoon. Both events will be in the Donaghey Student Center’s Ledbetter Hall.

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