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Undergraduate Research Conference Dec. 2
The 10th annual Undergraduate Research Conference will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Research projects from SMSU students representing 19 academic areas will be featured, reports event organizer — and originator — Dr. Emily Deaver, Professor of Environmental Science. “The conference has continued to grow since the first year. It’s nice to see so many students in so many different majors participate.”
This year 293 students will participate in either oral or poster presentation. That is far-and-away the largest number of students yet, said Deaver.
Dr. Martin Draper, national program leader for plant pathology/integrated pest management for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be the keynote speaker at 8:30 a.m. He will discuss critical thinking and why it is important to have a research background so you can evaluate information to make sound decisions.... Read More Undergraduate Research Conference Dec. 2
Student Body President Leads On the Field and Off
The student body president at SMSU is a leader on campus, and on the football field.
Ashanti Payne, a junior exercise science major, is in his first year as student body president. In fact, becoming involved with student government as a freshman was one of the first things he did when he arrived.
“I was involved with the Summer Bridge program,” he explained of the summer program that helps prepare first-generation and income-eligible students for college success. “(Office of Diversity and Inclusion Director) Jefferson Lee has been a great advisor for me, and one of the questions he asked me was, ’What are you doing now?’ I told him playing football and going to school. He was like, ‘Other than that?’ and I said that’s it.
“He told me you can always find more time to do things, and he encouraged me to stand out. Ironically at that time I had received an email from our past student body president, Josh Anderson, and he told me there were some senate openings, and asked if I might be interested. (Jefferson Lee) encouraged me, he told me to just do it and if I didn’t like it, then I didn’t like it.”... Read More Student Body President Leads On the Field and Off
Migrant Project Part of Undergraduate Research Conference
An ambitious research project tells the stories of 50 individuals who have migrated to the area will be a part of the upcoming Undergraduate Research Conference Dec. 2 on the campus of SMSU.
The project is called Migrant Voices: The Marshall Area Narrative Inquiry Project and is coordinated by Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Kerry Livingston. Students in her interdisciplinary class Applied Research Methods participated.
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