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20th annual student research celebration

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Strand Union Building, Ballrooms

BOZEMAN - Montana State University students have examined dinosaur eggs from China and mosquitoes from the Milk River.  They've analyzed markets for emerging wines, found a new virus in Yellowstone National Park and studied depression in migrants.

Now more than 250 students who conducted research and creativity projects this school year will present their work on Tuesday, April 15, at MSU's 20th annual Student Research Celebration. The public is invited to attend this free event, the largest of several scheduled for April which is Student Research Month at MSU.

Poster presentations representing all disciplines will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. in MSU's Strand Union Building. Oral sessions focused on specific topics will be offered concurrently. Technology entrepreneur Kevin Guthrie will present a keynote lecture at 12:30 p.m. See www.montana.edu/usp for a detailed schedule of events.

The Student Research Celebration is organized by the Undergraduate Scholars Program. Participants represent every college on campus and include both undergraduate and graduate students. 

Among the presenters will be the latest winners of the prestigious Udall and Goldwater scholarships, as well as McNair Scholars, Smithsonian interns and students involved in the Hughes Undergraduate Biology Science Outreach. McNair Scholars are undergraduates who are either first-generation/low income or minorities that are traditionally underrepresented at universities. Hughes Scholars, supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, conduct research in the biomedical/bioscience fields.

Other presenters at the Student Research Celebration will include 11 MSU students who shared their findings April 3 through 5 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Ky.

Several student presenters have presented their projects at other MSU venues or will do so later in April. Travis Corthouts, for one, displayed a poster at the ninth annual Earth Sciences Colloquium, as did Will van Gelder. Corthouts' presentation focused on rock samples from Mount Everest. Corthouts was part of the MSU-affiliated Everest Education Expedition that traveled there in 2012. Van Gelder and his teammates used aquariums and fluorescent dye to replicate ice stalactites, or brinicles, that form under first-year sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctica.

"Student research is a great example of how MSU's world-class research directly promotes student learning," said Colin Shaw, director of the Undergraduate Scholars Program. "The high level of research at MSU provides opportunities for our undergraduate students to engage directly in world-class research mentored by leading scientists, scholars and artists. It's a way to put their classroom learning to work on real-world problems.

"The Student Research Celebration is a terrific showcase for student innovation and creativity," Shaw said. "The level that some of these students have achieved will just blow you away."

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu


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