U. Discover scholars at The U to present 2009 research projects

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota’s U. Discover 2009 Undergraduate Research Scholars will present results from their summer research projects during a poster session on Monday, July 27 in the atrium of the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) Fellows poster session, which is from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes more than 60 posters on display. The poster session is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Keith Robinson, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, U. Discover is a program that sponsors USD undergraduate students who conduct research projects with faculty mentors during the summer. U. Scholars for 2009 are: Mitch Amor (biomedical science), Josh Doorn (chemistry) and Chris Halverson (history), of Sioux Falls, S.D., Adam Bledsoe (biomedical science) of Aberdeen, S.D., Jami Buttke (music) of Corona, S.D., Katie Graves (education) of Mitchell, S.D., Karl Giuseffi (politics) of Spearfish, S.D., Bo Pons (philosophy) of Yankton, S.D., Eric Wiedenman (religion) of Huron, S.D., Amanda Zalud (biology) of Vermillion, and Claire Wessel (sociology) of Duarte, Calif. The research topics to be displayed include a study of the causes of high blood pressure, improving statistical literacy, emerging ‘post-modern’ church movement, the ethics of cheating, causes and treatment of anxiety, understanding genocide, and much more.

The 10-week U. Discover program featured weekly lunch meetings with workshops and presentations from guest speakers to help U. Discover Scholars present their research professionally. Coordinated by the Undergraduate Research Council and open to all undergraduate students who must complete a competitive application process, U. Discover is committed to promoting undergraduate research and creative scholarship at The U in all disciplines. In addition to the July 27 poster session, U. Discover Scholars will present their research at regional and national venues, including IdeaFest at The U.