19 Students Selected to Present Research at National Conference
Nineteen Occidental College students have been selected to present their research on subjects ranging from geology to linguistics at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, from March 29 to 31.
Working with faculty mentors, the students have been conducting research in the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Two students will each be presenting two different research topics, one in English and Comparative Literary Studies and one in biology and psychology. Some students will be giving lectures, while others will present their research in the form of posters.
Topics include “Ordered Chaos?: An Econometric Model of Taliban Attacks in Pakistan”; “A Mouse Model for Equine Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis Vaccine Development”; “Improved Simulation of Lava Flow Cooling Supports Hypothesis of Rapid Transitional Geomagnetic Field Change”; and “China in Africa: South-South Camaraderie or Exploitation?”
Faculty-mentored undergraduate research is a signature program of Occidental, and has attracted national attention. Over the last seven years, 189 Occidental student researchers have been invited to the NCUR. The conference, which began in 1987, now hosts 2,000 students and their faculty mentors from colleges and universities across the country.
The NCUR promotes undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study. The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.
For more information about Occidental's undergraduate research program, go to: Undergraduate Research Center.
For more information about the 2011 National Conference for Undergraduate Research, go to http://www.weber.edu/ncur2012/.