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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research

By Kathryn Peterson

BOONE — Undergraduate students will present the results of major research projects they have collaborated on with faculty.

Also, graduate students will share projects they have presented at association or academic meetings during Research Day April 4 at Appalachian State University.

The research will be on display in Plemmons Student Union’s Grandfather Mountain Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Cratis D. Williams Graduate School sponsors the annual event, now in its third year.

“We believe having both levels of students (participating in the event) gives a broader picture of student research at Appalachian,” said Dr. Edelma Huntley, associate dean of the graduate school.

Students from art, chemistry, geography and planning, English, exercise science, physics and astronomy, human development and psychological counseling, psychology, and language, reading and exceptionalities are scheduled to present their research.

Ryan Davison, a graduate student in psychology, first presented at Research Day as an undergraduate.

He will present “Superior Colliculus Lesion Effects on Sensory Integration and Working Memory.” Davison also presented his research at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) in New Orleans, La.

Research Day helps publicize student research to both the campus and the community, and provides students the experience of presenting their work to an audience.

“Research Day showcases the excellent work that Appalachian students are doing as researchers-in-training,” said Huntley.

Also, included in the proceedings is recognition of the Undergraduate Research Fellows for 1999-2000. The Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, sponsored by the Office of Student Development, gives 10 undergraduates each semester a $1,000 research fellowship to work with a faculty member on his or her research.

Undergraduate Research Fellow Creceda LeMaire is a student in the art department. She will present “Breaking Down Barriers: A Compilation of Visual Images Depicting African American Culture, Masks and Costume.”

Other topics will include: “Comparative GIS Analysis of Cherokee and Anglo-European Settlements on Hiwassee River,” “A Producible Interpretation of John Leguizamo’s Mambo Mouth,” “A Search for Trojan Planets: A Novel Approach for Looking for Transits of Extrasolar Planets” and “Explaining Variation in City Manager Salaries in North Carolina.”

The participants will be on hand at a scheduled time to discuss their work.

For more information, call the graduate school office at 262-2130.