Celebrate New Knowledge and Creativity at Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference

At Boise State, undergraduates play a prominent role in research and creative activities that contribute to scientific knowledge, enrich culture, benefit the community and have the potential to improve quality of life across the globe.

“We are fortunate to have such an impressive group of undergraduates who support our research mission,” said Vice President for Research Mark Rudin. “As Boise State continues to advance as a metropolitan research university of distinction, undergraduate research and creative activities will remain a critically important factor in our success.”

To showcase impressive undergraduate work, Boise State annually hosts the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference, a blend of podium and poster presentations, exhibitions and demonstrations. The 8th annual conference will take place from 1-4 p.m. April 11, 2011, in the Student Union Building, providing the campus and greater community a chance to meet students and learn about their meaningful explorations of everything from graphic design to cancer treatment.

Here are just a few examples of the projects that will be on display:

  • Podium Presentation: April Raine in the Department of Sociology will present “Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous: Ideological Shifts in Popular Culture — Reagan Era Sitcoms and Portrayals of the Working Class.”
  • Podium Presentation: Andrew LaJoie in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will compete in the Japanese Language Speech Contest with his prepared narrative “Earthquakes of Japan.”
  • Poster Presentation: Matthew Wiggs in the Department of Geosciences will present “Idaho Snowmelt Timing and the Impact on Non-Irrigated Crop Yields.”
  • Poster Presentation: Paris Gaudin, Justy Thomas, Adam Wolfe, Chris Warth and John Hagedorn in the Department of Economics will present “The ‘Boise Hole’: A Peek Beyond the Wall.”
  • Poster Presentation: Fernanda Battershell in the Department of Theatre Arts will present “Costume Design for a 1930s Interpretation of Macbeth.”

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