Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-04-28

Research by undergraduates is in the spotlight at Samford University this week (April 27-May 1) as students showcase their work in poster and oral presentations.

"This is an opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase some of the research they have conducted through their majors," explained Dr. Nancy Biggio, director of Samford's Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship.

The four-day event is an excellent time for the students to gain experience in presenting their research in poster or oral form, she said, noting that at graduate and professional levels, different disciplines are better presented in one form or the other.

On Thursday and Friday, 76 students will make oral presentations in disciplines of chemistry, math and computer science, journalism and mass communications, psychology, family studies, Spanish, classics, business and communication studies.

Topics range from Fear and Blame After the Sputnik Launchings (JMC) to Computer Note Taking and the Impact on Learning (psychology). Oral presentations will be made in various classrooms in Propst Hall science building 1- 4:20 p.m. each day.

Earlier in the week, on Monday and Wednesday, another 56 students made poster presentations. Disciplines represented were exercise science and sports medicine, nursing, chemistry, family studies and math. In poster presentations, students stand alongside displays of their work and are available to discuss their research and answer questions.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.