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Forum allows U to show creativity; research work

April 5, 2001

Some of MSU’s best and brightest students will soon have their day in the sun.

The third annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Friday in the Union

“The forum gives all undergraduate students the opportunity to showcase their research or creative efforts,” said Cathy Burns, from the Office of the Provost.

Student participation has increased every year the event has been held, Burns said. This year 52 oral presentations and 72 posters will be presented by MSU students.

“There is some great diversity in the projects which will be presented this year,” she said. “We have students showing their work from a variety of fields such as biochemistry, molecular biology, engineering, genetic diseases, speech and audiology, and there will be music pieces, films, history papers and two art installations.”

Nearly $3,000 in prizes will be awarded for excellence in scholarly achievement.

“The forum is a shining example of the amazing scope of high-quality scholarly and creative work in which so many students are engaged,” Burns said.

The event is being sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the MSU Honors College.

Seth Murray, a crop and soil science senior, has been involved with the event since he was a freshman.

“I gave a presentation my first year here,” he said. “This year I’m helping to set up the forum and I’m presenting a poster.”

Murray said he got involved because it’s both fun and fulfilling to show off his research instead of just letting it sit around.

“Older students can see how they could apply their work in the future,” he said. “And it gives younger students an opportunity to see what they can do here at MSU, and that there are opportunities like this on campus.”

Ronald Fisher, director of the Honors College, said the forum is an opportunity more students should take advantage of.

“The forum provides excellent practice in preparation for presenting at professional meetings and job presentations,” he said. “In addition, sometimes research can lead to publications, which is impressive in a resume.”

Research conducted usually involves one-on-one collaboration with faculty members, something students don’t normally receive in class settings, Fisher said.

“We encourage students from any major to come out and participate in the forum,” he said. “We want this event to become a university-wide venue.

“And I think it’s wonderful when students come out to support other students.”

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