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Undergraduate student research at APSU topic of next Provost Lecture Series

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – During the 2010-11 academic year at Austin Peay State University, a survey was conducted among faculty members regarding their perspective and participation in research with undergraduate students.

The results of this Institutional Review Board-approved survey suggest that while many faculty are interested in working with undergraduates, time and financial need are challenges that must be overcome.

Dr. Rebecca Jones
Dr. Rebecca Jones

A detailed analysis of the survey results will be the next session of the Provost Lecture Series at APSU. Dr. Rebecca Jones, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and associate professor of chemistry, will present “Undergraduate Research at APSU: Perspectives and Opportunities” from 3:00pm-4:30pm, Thursday, September 29th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All presentations in the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

In addition to the survey results, Jones will describe the initiatives of the Office of Undergraduate Research, designed to facilitate and support undergraduate research faculty mentors at APSU.

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the MUC, Room 303 (unless noted otherwise) and include the following:

October 6th: Dr. Dwayne Estes, associate professor of biology
October 13th: Dr. Korre Foster, assistant professor of music
October 20th: Susan Bryant, professor of art
October 27th: Angelina Fowler, Center of Excellence for Field Biology
November 3rd: Dr. Dan Frederick, professor of geology and geography
November 10th: Dr. Kathrine Flower, assistant professor of sociology
November 17th: Darren Michael, associate professor of theater and dance
December 1st: Dr. Tim Leszczak, assistant professor of health and human performance
January 12th: Dr. Ellen Smyth, instructor of mathematics
January 19th: Dr. Ann Silverberg, professor of music
January 26th: Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, assistant professor of political science
February 2nd: Dr. Rebecca Johansen, assistant professor of biology
February 9th: Dr. Sergei Markov, associate professor of biology
February 16th: Cynthia Marsh, professor of art
February 23rd: Dr. Christine Mathenge, associate professor of geology
March 1st: Dr. Robert Shelton, associate professor of chemistry
March 15th, MUC 307: Dr. Allyn Smith, associate professor of physics
March 22nd: Dr. Sharon Mabry, professor of music
March 29th: Dr. Cameron Sutt, assistant professor of history
April 5th: Mark DeYoung, assistant professor of art
April 12th: Dr. Tim Winters, professor of English
April 19th, MUC 103: Dr. Jeffrey Wood, professor of music

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

APSU faculty members with recent research of acclaim also will be given a platform within this series. In addition, other faculty members of local or widespread renown will be invited to lecture within this series.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931.221.7992 or email him at johnsonb@apsu.edu.


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