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Spring Conferences

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Conferences, Feature, Student Researcher | 0 comments

ACU undergraduate Researchers have been participating in conferences all over the United States this spring.  Some of these include the Alpha Chi Honor Society National Meeting, National Conference on Undergraduate Research,  Southwestern Psychological Association Meeting, the Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference, the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, and the Texas Branch American Society for Microbiology Spring Meeting.

Our students have had a great showing at the conferences. Levi Ritchie won the CUR Psychology Division Outstanding Presentation Award.

At  Alpha Chi National Conference, ACU received many honors:

Scholarship Winners:  
(The Chapter and Regional Scholarships were competitive and based on the student’s application and convention presentations.)
Katie Cukrowski:  - Chapter Scholarship – Chapter President 13-14
Parker Gordon:  Regional Scholarship – Chapter Treasurer 13-14
Jacob Woods:   Regional Scholarship – Chapter Treasurer 14-15
National Convention Prize Winners  
Elisa Wyrick: British Literature  (Chapter Publicist 13-14)
Tina Johnson: Organismal/Ecological Biology (Chapter Secretary 14-15
Region 1 Student Delegate to the Alpha Chi National Council 
Colton McCoy (Chapter President 14-15)  Colton is one of seven student delegates nationwide elected to serve with faculty on the national council.
Other presenters included,
Daniel Archer – Chapter Vice President 13-14
Travis Chura – Chapter Vice President 14-15
Lydia Brown – Chapter Historian 14-15

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2014 Undergraduate Research Festival

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Activities, Announcement, Conferences, Feature, Student Researcher | 0 comments

The 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Festival was held April 1, 2014. Approximately 160 students gave 125 presentations.

At the Awards dinner, awards for Outstanding Presentations were given in 5 categories. Click here for the complete list of winners.

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year was announced at the dinner as well. The awards this year went to Dr. Mikee Delony for Arts & Humanities, Dr. Suzie Macaluso for Social Sciences, and Dr. Greg Powell for STEM.

Check out photos from the day.

The 7th Undergraduate Research Festival will be held on March 31, 2015.

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Arts and Humanities Opportunities – Jan 2014

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Arts, Humanities, Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | 0 comments

The Smithsonian has a number of internship opportunities. Check them out at their webpage.

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Social Science External Summer Research Opportunities Jan 2013

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Student Researcher, Summer Research Opportunities | 0 comments

University of Virginia Curry School of Education Summer Undergraduate Research Program is an 8 week program with a $3000 stipend.  ”The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an 8-week internship that will provide undergraduates from underrepresented groups with valuable research and professional development experience under the guidance of UVA Faculty. This internship program is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of education research to consider careers in academic, policy, or research organizations. Interns will work on research focusing on schools, classrooms, and other youth settings as contexts critical to child and adolescent development. They will also participate in meetings and workshops, and attend a research conference.” For more information visit their websiteApps are due Feb 1.


The Smithsonian has a number of internship opportunities. Check them out at their webpage.

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Abstract Submission Open for the 2014 Undergraduate Research Festival

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Activities, Announcement | 0 comments

Abstract submission for the 2014 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is now open.

Undergraduate students who have performed research between April 2013 and April 2014 may submit their abstracts through the Abstract Submission form.  Abstract submission will close Jan 31.

For tips on abstract writing and to learn how the abstracts will be evaluated go to the Research Festival Blog at

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Grant applications are open

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Announcement, Grants | 0 comments

Both travel grant and internal research grant applications are open.

To apply for Travel Grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research apply through the Travel Grant Application by Monday February 10, at 5 PM.

To apply for Internal Research Grants apply through the Common Application for ACU Internal Grants. This application is due Jan 27 at 5 PM.



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Tina Johnson – Biology

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Feature, Student Researcher | 0 comments

Tina presenting at the Evolution Conference 2013.

Tina presenting at the Evolution Conference 2013.

Name: Tina Johnson

Major: Biology

Classification: Sophomore

Hometown: Colorado Springs

Mentor: Dr. Joshua Brokaw, Biology

What I Study: Currently, I am researching a new species of plant known as Mentzelia monoensis, a plant native to Mono County, California. Though evolutionary distinct, the species shares many physical attributes with other closely related species–such as Mentzelia albicaulis and Mentzelia montana–which leads to misidentification of the species, especially among those unfamiliar with Mentzelia. Thus, our research focuses on pinpointing methods of differentiating the species. This summer we are experimenting with a new method of differentiation known as SNP Haplotyping, which (if successful) will be a much more cost effective option.

Why I do research:  I research because I enjoy the pursuit of scientific knowledge. Often in the classroom setting, it feels as though we’re only regurgitating information–which is fine on some level. But it’s an incredible feeling to realize that the same information we commit to memory was once a novel scientific enquiry. I am continually excited at the prospect of contributing to the basis of our scientific understanding. Furthermore, researching has provided me with a supportive community and an outlet for self-expression. I am so grateful for the opportunities undergraduate research has provided me.

Conferences: Evolution Conference 2013, ACU Undergraduate Research Festival 2013

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