UWA to host Undergraduate Research SymposiumBy Staff Reports Published 3:54pm Friday, February 15, 2013
LIVINGSTON— The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of West Alabama will host the second annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, March 12 on the UWA Campus at Bibb Graves Hall Room 109 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Undergraduate researchers will present their findings on the discovery and development of natural and sustainable ways to increase crop productivity. Other presentations include the microbiology of the human eye; catfish infections; contamination in Alabama rivers; effects of the BP oil spill on southern Alabama wildlife; why human faces look different; and the effects of the ozone on green ash trees.
Independent research represents a unique learning strategy for many students. Undergraduate research is an integral part of student learning in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
“The intense immersion of undergraduate students in research helps them develop their scholarly pursuits. Our faculty is dedicated to helping interested students identify and approach areas of research. We take pride in the process of refining students’ interests into focused project topics,” explained Dr. Mustafa Morsy, assistant professor of biological and environmental sciences.
The Undergraduate Research Symposium offers UWA students an opportunity to present their research and creative projects to the public. Undergraduates from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and some other disciplines may present their current and recent academic projects, showcasing the diversity of topics, approaches and interests.
The event also serves as a resource for undergraduates not yet engaged in research. These students can learn how their peers developed their intellectual interests, current projects, and faculty or community connections. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a portal through which students, faculty, staff, prospective students, and alumni can witness the manner in which student projects enhance faculty work and also serve the greater community.