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Abstract Submission for 2018 Research Festival Now Open

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Activities, Announcement, Conferences, Student Researcher, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Abstract Submission for 2018 Research Festival Now Open

Abstract submission for the 2018 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is now open.

Undergraduate students who have performed research between April 2017 and March 2018 may submit their abstracts through the Abstract Submission form.  Abstract submission will close Feb 2, 2018.

The Research Festival will be March 27, 2018.

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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Research Dinner 2016

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Activities, Feature, Student Researcher | Comments Off on Research Dinner 2016

Laura Hill Ortensie, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research of the Year.

Laura Hill Ortensie, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research of the Year.

Hannah Hamilton, STEM Undergraduate Researcher of the Year

Hannah Hamilton, STEM Undergraduate Researcher of the Year

Tuesday, October 25, ACU undergraduate researchers and their mentors got together to celebrate research done by ACU students in the past year. This year the dinner was held in the Shore Art Gallery. Work by faculty and students from the Art and Design Summer study abroad was on display. David Marolf (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Audie Pope (Art and Design) spoke about their experience in participating in undergraduate research and creative activity.

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Finalists and Winners were announced in two categories: STEM and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The finalists in STEM were Hannah Hamilton (Engineering and Physics), Kayla Holcomb (School of Information Technology and Computing ) and David Marolf (Chemistry and Biochemistry). Hannah Hamilton was named 2016 STEM Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.

The finalists in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences were Chelesea Fordham (Social Work), Laura Hill Ortensie (Psychology), and Jade Ford (Social Work).  Laura Hill Ortensie was named the 2016 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.

The mentors for these students were Drs. Joshua Willis and Rusty Towell (Hamilton), Dr. Ray Petit (Holcomb), Dr. Greg Powell (Marolf), Dr. Stephen Baldridge (Fordham), Dr. Cherisse Flanagan (Ortensie) and Dr. Amy Kalb (Ford).

 

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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

Starting September 1, ACU undergraduate researchers and mentors will 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.

To learn more watch the Introduction/ Tutorial video:

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2016 Summer Research Round Up

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Arts, Feature, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Student Researcher | Comments Off on 2016 Summer Research Round Up

ACU students participated in a wide variety of research experiences at ACU and around the World.

Researching Across the World

David Marolf, senior chemistry major, did a chemistry research internship with a group in Mainz, Germany. While there he worked on making nanoparticles.

Seniors Maya Feller and Daisy Gomez traveled with Dr. Tom Lee, chair of the Biology Department, to Ecuador to study the ecology of Ecuador and try to study new species.

Physics senior Hannah Hamilton traveled with Dr. Josh Willis to Hannover, Germany to work at the Albert Einstein Institute for Gravitational Physics.

Researching Across the US

Senior Chemistry and Physics major James Johnstone participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates internship in the Chemistry department at Texas A&M.

Five engineering and physics majors traveled with Drs. Michael Daugherity and Donald Isenhower to Chicago to work at the Fermilab.

Four engineering and phsyics majors traveled with Dr. Rusty Towell to New York to work at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Researching Across Campus

Seventeen student performed research as part of the McNair Scholars Program in departments all across campus. Read more about McNair Scholars on the McNair Scholar blog.

In the department of Music, Geoffrey Driggers and Cole Spears worked with Dr. Brandon Houghtalen on redesigning the music technology in the Williams Performing Arts Center.

Nine undergraduates worked with five faculty faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. They ended the summer with a mini-conference with research students from McMurry University.

While some of the department off doing research in Germany, New York, and Illinois. Other members of the department of Engineering and Physics, were working hard performing research back in Abilene. Five engineering and physics majors worked with three faculty members on projects from water purity to lasers.

In the biology department, besides Dr. Lee’s trip to Ecuador, three biology majors worked with two faculty members.

 

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SPUR Travel Grants

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Activities, Grants, Student Researcher | Comments Off on SPUR Travel Grants

With the financial support of the Student Association, the Student Panel on Undergraduate Research awards travel grants to undergraduate researchers. These awards help students travel to professional conferences to present their work.  The awards are awarded based on a rubric.

Fall 2016 SPUR Travel Grant Awardees

  • Mikalia Bradberry (Music) National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Sonia Cyuzuzo (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Clint Taylor (Engineering and Physics) WASH Summit
  • Cecily Towell (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Megan Cromis (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Chelsea Fordham (Social Work) North American Christians in Social Work Annual Convention
  • Lauren Selensky (Engineering and Physics) PhysCon
  • Zhaojia Xi (Engineering and Physics) 2016 Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics
  • Courtney Tee (Communication and Sociology) Association for the Sociology of Religion

Spring 2016 SPUR Travel Grant Awardees

  • Kristen Brehm (Chemistry and Biochemistry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Andrew Brown (International Studies) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Luke Cooksey (Biochemistry) Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Symposium
  • Megan Cromis (Engineering) National Conference on Undergraduate Research
  • Angela Fogle (Bible, Missions, and Ministry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Chelsea Fordham (Social Work) National Association of Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference
  • Mackenzie Harrington (Communication and Sociology) Eastern Communication Association Conference
  • Bre Heinrich (Social Work) National Association of Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Conference
  • Savannah Hipes (Psychology) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Tina Johnson (Biology) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Kimberly Martinez (Communication and Sociology) Eastern Communication Association Conference
  • Chelsea Peer (History) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Kathryn Preston (Biology) Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Symposium
  • Rachael Schaad (Bible and Ministry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Amanda Stephens (Accounting) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Julia Taylor (Biochemistry) Alpha Chi National Convention
  • Jaime Thompson (Biology) Texas Academy of Sciences
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Abstract Submission for the 2016 Research Festival is Open!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Announcement, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, Student Researcher | Comments Off on Abstract Submission for the 2016 Research Festival is Open!

Abstract submission for the 2016 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is now open.

Undergraduate students who have performed research between April 2015 and April 2016 may submit their abstracts through the Abstract Submission form.  Abstract submission will close Jan 29.

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.

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