April 19, 2007

Undergraduate research highlighted during the 2007 SOURCE Symposium

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Throughout the academic year, Case Western Reserve University undergraduate students work on cutting-edge research that could make a difference in the future. The 2007 Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session—taking place April 20—is an opportunity for all undergraduate students to present their research and creative projects to the university community.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Thwing Center, and will feature 121 presentations, including oral/paper presentations and 100 poster presentations involving approximately 135 students. A few of the presentations are at early stages while many others are senior capstone projects. Project entries include: Senior Capstone nursing students Caroline Fitzgerald and Margaret Mills, "Complementary Therapy Use and Quality of Life in Newly Diagnosed Adult Cancer Patients" (Professor Barbara Daly, project mentor); polymer science junior Matthew Hagy, "Simulation of Ligand-Receptor Biorecognition Events in Nanoparticle Drug Delivery" (Professor Elena Dormidontova, project mentor); and first-year biology student Chiderah Okoye presenting "The Enlarged Pineal Gland in Zebrafish: Analysis of the big time Mutant" (project mentor: Professor Jennifer Liang).

In addition, students may choose to participate in a competition. Awards will be given in the areas of the arts, engineering and computer science, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, nursing, social sciences, management and accounting. Also, the biology department once again will host the Michelson-Morley competition at Intersections.

Intersections is sponsored by SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors), which assists and prepares students to engage in research and creative endeavors. The staff guides and, where appropriate, supplements institutional, departmental, and divisional work within this effort.

Sheila Pedigo, director of SOURCE, encourages students, faculty, and staff to take time from their busy schedules to come see these students' accomplishments. She said it's an opportunity to celebrate the work of undergraduate students and their involvement in research and creative endeavors, and to see how they contribute to and enhance the undergraduate educational experience at the university. "It is the ideal way to learn about research and creative projects on campus, because you can talk directly to the students who are involved. I always am impressed with the quality of our students' work. I hope this year's event continues to inspire other students to work with our outstanding faculty in research and creative projects."

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 19, 2007 10:35 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Events, Students, Weatherhead School of Management

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