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Physics Team Announces Incredible Achievement!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Announcement, Faculty Mentor, Feature, STEM, Student Researcher | Comments Off on Physics Team Announces Incredible Achievement!

The PHENIX Collaboration, a team of Physics researchers including ACU Faculty Rusty Towell, Donald Isenhower, and Michael Daugherity, as well as ACU students Hannah Hamilton, Cecily Towell, and Daniel Jumper, recently published the paper, “Creation of quark-gluon plasma droplets with three distinct geometries,” in NATURE Physics. In a media release by Brookhaven National Laboratory, they explain that the study provides “evidence that collisions of miniscule [sic] projectiles with gold nuclei create tiny specks of the perfect fluid that filled the early universe.” You can read the full media release here. The NATURE article can be accessed here.

Congratulations to the PHENIX Team! This is an incredible achievement for our faculty and students, alike!

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Abstract Submissions for 2019 Undergraduate Research Festival Now Open

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Activities, Announcement, Conferences, Student Researcher | Comments Off on Abstract Submissions for 2019 Undergraduate Research Festival Now Open

Abstract submission for the 2019 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is now open.

Undergraduate students who have performed research between April 2018 and April 2019 may submit their abstracts through the Abstract Submission form.  Abstract submission will close Feb 8, 2019.

The Research Festival will be Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

For tips on abstract writing and to learn how the abstracts will be evaluated go to the Research Festival Blog at blogs.acu.edu/researchfest. For questions contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at uresearch@acu.edu or the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs as orsp@acu.edu.

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Fall 2018 Travel Applications are now Open!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Announcement, Conferences, Faculty Mentor, Student Researcher | Comments Off on Fall 2018 Travel Applications are now Open!

Fall 2018 Travel Applications are now open and are due by 5pm on September 14.

The Office of Undergraduate Research awards travel funding for both undergraduate research students and faculty mentors to travel to a conference to present and showcase scholarship.

Faculty mentor travel grants are for those who mentor undergraduate researchers. Mentors may apply for up to $1000 to either 1) accompany undergraduate students presenting scholarship at a conference or showcase; OR 2) present scholarship in which undergraduate students assisted in the work.
For more information visit OUR Faculty Travel Grants. Applications can be accessed here.

Faculty may also apply for up to $1000 on behalf of their undergraduate students. These grants are for up to $1000 per project. For projects with more than one student, a group can decide whether to send one representative student or divide the award and send more than one presenter.

For more information visit OUR Student Travel Grants. Applications can be accessed here.

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Internal and Spring Grants Due Soon

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Announcement, Faculty Mentor, Grants | Comments Off on Internal and Spring Grants Due Soon

Travel Grant Applications for travel to conferences January – May, 2018 are due January 22, 2018. For more information see the Travel Grants Page.

Internal Research Grant Applications for Summer 2018 are Due January 29, 2018. For more information see the Internal Grants Page.

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Student Opportunities Center

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Announcement, Faculty Mentor, Feature, Journal Articles, Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | Comments Off on Student Opportunities Center

ACU undergraduate researchers and mentors have access to the Student Opportunities Center (S.O.C.).

The S.O.C. is a platform which connects students to over 10,000 student conferences, journals, new and prestigious experiential learning opportunities (scholarship, fellowship, community/civic engagement), and undergraduate research opportunities.

Sign-up for the Student Opportunities Center by going to www.studentopportunitycenter.com and creating an account with your ACU email address.

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Undergradaute Research Mentors of the Year

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Faculty Mentor | Comments Off on Undergradaute Research Mentors of the Year

These professors are nominated and chosen by ACU students for their exemplary work as mentors to undergraduate researchers. The winners are announced each year at the Undergraduate Research Festival.

2015-2016 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr.  Michael Daugherity, Department of Engineering and Physics
  • Dr. Christopher Hutson, Department of Bible, Missions, & Ministry
  • Dr. Anita Broxson, School of Nursing

2014-2015 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr. Josh Brokaw, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Richard Beck, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Ron Morgan, Department of History & Global Studies

2013-2014 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr. Suzie Macaluso, Department of Communication & Sociology
  • Dr. Greg Powell, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Dr. Mikee Deloney, Department of Language & Literature

2012-2013 Mentor of the Year Winners:

  • Dr. Brian Cavitt, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Dr. Lauren Lemley, Department of Communication & Sociology
  • Dr. Stephen Baldridge, School of Social Work
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2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Mentors of the Year

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Faculty Mentor, Feature | Comments Off on 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Mentors of the Year

Each year, 3 professors involved in research are chosen by ACU students to receive the Mentor of the Year Award.

This year the winners were Dr. Michael Daugherity, Dr. Christopher Hutson, and Dr. Anita Broxson.

  • Dr.  Michael Daugherity, Department of Physics
    • This mentor was nominated by his students for his enthusiasm and devotion to research and the students that he works with. His extraordinary teaching as well as his character inspires students to pursue their interests and passions. He is experienced in his field of study and relates information effectively and efficiently, helping to develop student interest in research. Dr. Daugherity has helped his students shape and form projects that have expanded their knowledge and intellect. One student said that this professor is someone that they admire and will never forget. 
  • Dr. Christopher Hutson, Department of Bible, Missions, & Ministry
    • This mentor was nominated by his students because he is an unwavering source of support and encouragement for his students’ research endeavors. His encouragement has given students the confidence to continue their projects with renewed motivation and persistence. He is excellent at communicating with his students through every stage of the research process and takes a personal interest in their work. One student said this professor has given him confidence to stay motivated throughout the research process because he has learned it can produce magnificent results. 
  • Dr. Anita Broxson, School of Nursing
    • This mentor was nominated by her students for her contagious passion and enthusiasm for research. She helps her students discover their own passion for research and encourages them to think critically and view things from different perspectives. She takes a personal interest in her students and helps them discover and develop their talents with patience and understanding. She inspires a spirit of integrity in everything as she encourages her student to seek Christ in every aspect of their work. Her role as a mentor goes far beyond her research projects. She cares not only about her students’ education but their mental and spiritual well being as well. 

Congratulations to these professors for their exemplary role as mentors!

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