November 27, 2013
Bailey Moss and Michaela Wischmeier show the certificates they received for their participation.
For the first time in its 43-year history, a group of four undergraduates and three faculty mentors from Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus participated in a much anticipated annual research conference sponsored by Indiana University.
The 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, held November 22 in the Indiana University Memorial Union, was open to student scholars from any IU campus around the state. To be selected, students were required to submit abstracts for poster, oral, or paper presentations. The budding scholars also participated in roundtable sessions to discuss their research projects, procedures, and findings.
“This event showcased an array of original student research, scholarship, learning outcomes, and creative achievement in all fields of study,” said Dr. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, director of IUPUC’s Office of Student Research (OSR).
According to Goodspeed-Chadwick, the IUPUC research focused on education, liberal arts, and science. “The participating students are among the most exceptional not only in Columbus but within the entire IU system.” Both students and mentors devoted substantial time and energy above and beyond their regular class work to complete the work and promote their findings, she added.
Over the past four years, IUPUC has made a significant commitment to fostering student research, investing about $40,000 in funded grants for individual students working under the direction of faculty mentors.
The university established the OSR in 2010 and appointed Goodspeed-Chadwick to oversee the proposal, review, and selection process and to distribute funding. OSR also hosts an exhibition of funded student work in Columbus each April.
For more information about student research at IUPUC, visit iupuc.edu/student-research and contact Dr. Goodspeed-Chadwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812.348.7270.