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Research symposium gives students opportunity to shine
Kaitlin Doty
Antelope Staff

Students who wish to participate in the Fall Student Research Symposium must apply by Oct. 1 to get their spot on the agenda.

The Fall Student Research Symposium challenges students with the opportunity to present their research and scholarly projects to the UNK campus and Kearney community. The symposium will be held 1-5 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Ponderosa Room of the union.

The symposium has around 50-75 participants each year. Many of the students who participated in the Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) will be presenting their projects.  The SSRP grants students $3,000 to spend their summer doing intense research and complete a project. They attend meetings, field trips and group activities, which assist in their research project.  

Although many students from the SSRP will be presenting their projects at the Fall Student Research Symposium, any student who has been working on a research project is allowed to apply to present their research project.

Students who take part in the Fall Student Research Symposium range in a variety of majors and have a variety of research topics.  

“Last year we had a variety of interesting projects, everything from text analysis of news articles, chemistry solar cell projects, and social work projects on adoption in different countries,” said Dr. John Falconer from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

“UNK likes to promote this because a project like this shows great research.  Twenty-five percent of students do undergraduate research, and this shows evidence on how well students can apply what they learn in classes.  This program really separates Kearney from big institutions,” Falconer said.

Students who wish to participate in the Fall Student Research Symposium must apply by October 1 to Dr. John Falconer in the office of undergraduate research and creative activity. Dr. Falconer can be contacted at 308-865-8894. Please include when applying: student name, mentor name, presentation type (oral or poster) and project title.

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