Clarksville, TN – Research that is not shared with the world has little value and, with that in mind, the Office of Undergraduate Research at Austin Peay State University recently celebrated the research of its students during the 10th Annual Research and Creativity Forum.
Held Friday, April 17th, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom on the University campus, the forum, as well as the Graduate Research Extravaganza, offered students of all majors and disciplines a chance to promote and showcase the scholarship and creativity in postsecondary education.
“For us as a University, this is an opportunity to show the kind of research that can be done at the undergraduate level,” Dr. Christopher Gentry, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, said. “There are some really amazing things being done at Austin Peay by undergrads and this is a chance for people to see what’s going on.”
A total of 38 undergraduates in 10 departments, as well as 13 graduate students in two departments, presented research on the afternoon. A diverse array of 11 departments was represented, including biology, physics and astronomy, communications and history and philosophy.
“One of the really great things about this event is that, sometimes in a University setting, you can lose track of what kind of research is being done by even the department on the floor below you,” Gentry said. “So bringing together so many projects gives students, as well as faculty, a chance to just go around and get excited by the work being done by the other departments at APSU.”
Students were given the opportunity to present the fruits of their research in three different ways: in poster format, oral presentation or performance.
At the end of the event, a number of students were awarded for their exceptional work, including:
- Oral Presentation – Joshua Hinckley (Chemistry)
- Poster Presentation – Dominic Critchlow (Physics), Brittany Dreher (Geosciences) and Linh Nguyen (Chemistry)
- Poster Presentation – Dustin Owen, Shawn Settle and Kris Wild (Biology, all three)
For more information about the Research and Creativity Forum, visit www.apsu.edu/our, or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research by email at .
For more on the graduate program at APSU, contact the College of Graduate Studies at 931.221.7414.