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LR spotlights student research – Public invited to attend presentation

Fri Apr 25 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — From the link between ADHD and premature birth to Native Americans and the U.S. criminal justice system—from lung function in swimmers and runners to quality of life in nursing homes, Lenoir-Rhyne’s students have covered a broad range of topics in their student research this year. On April 29 that research will be on display for the campus and the community.

Classes are canceled during LR’s sixth-annual Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression so that its students and faculty can attend the presentations—and the public’s invited as well. The presentations will begin at 1 p.m. and run through 6 p.m.

“SOURCE demonstrates our commitment to student development so that every student on campus has the ability to do independent research and present it on campus,” said LR Psychology Professor and this year’s SOURCE committee chair Dr. Professor Amy Hedrick. “It’s a true celebration of what our students have done and the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor.

Other schools encourage their students to assist in their professors’ research, but at LR professors assist students in their chosen fields.

“At some larger institutions students can participate in research, but it is usually to further the research of faculty members,” said SOURCE founder, professor and Associate Dean for Engaged & Global Learning, Charlotte Williams. “Our professors are extremely student-focused.”

Students from all disciplines—from the arts to health sciences to mathematics—take part in SOURCE.

“It’s nice for our students to see that research doesn’t take just one shape—it takes many shapes,” Williams said. “The real purpose of SOURCE is to prepare our students for graduate school, post graduate studies and real life.”

And it’s a way to let the students, faculty and community have experiences they may not otherwise be privy to—like listening to the son of the newly-elected president of Costa Rica deliver a talk on the Costa Rican political process.

“This isn’t a competition, but it does prepare our students to present at larger regional conferences where speakers do compete against one another,” Williams said. “We’re giving them a safe zone before they go out into a competitive environment.”

SOURCE Schedule:

  • 12:30-1 p.m.: Welcome Reception (Belk Centrum Lobby: Sponsored by LR Graduate School)
  • 1-2 p.m.: Student Research Presentations Session 1
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m.: Keynote Presentation – “Experiences in Research: Moving from Theory to Practice” Dr. Gordon Cappelletty, Amanda Young, Laura Martorano, & Lindsay Kozak
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Student Research Presentations Session 2
  • 4:45-6 p.m.: Student Research Presentations Session 3
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