BOONE, N.C.—More than 40 undergraduate Appalachian State University students attended the 13th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium held at Campbell University in November.
The disciplines they represented included biology, computer science, economics, English, applied design, physics and astronomy, and sustainable development.
“Student-faculty engagement in research, scholarship and creative expression is a hallmark of the Appalachian undergraduate student experience,” said Provost Darrell Kruger. “These high-impact academic experiences are truly transformational. They prepare our graduates to enter the workforce or graduate school equipped to improve the world.”
Among the students was Daniel Mabe, a senior physics major from Winston-Salem who researched the isotopes of carbon and oxygen in planet-forming regions around young stars.
He said the experience taught him valuable research skills needed for graduate school and a scientific career, as well as time management and work accountability.
“Through working with a faculty member (Dr. Rachel Smith), I have learned how to properly conduct and present research in a professional setting. While I had conducted research before, presenting the research was a new trial. My mentor was able to help me with the entire process of creating the poster as well as general presentation skills,” Mabe said.
Appalachian was among 39 academic institutions attending the symposium. Students from across the state delivered over 370 research/creative performance presentations, with Appalachian hosting the second largest number of undergraduate research presentations.
About student research at Appalachian
Appalachian State University encourages faculty-mentored student research, which provides students with the opportunity to work side by side with faculty on meaningful research or creative endeavors. These projects often result in presentations, performances or exhibitions at regional, national and international conferences and events. Students who engage in research are able to apply knowledge from the classroom into real-world experiences and learn how to problem-solve, effectively communicate and analyze complex issues. Appalachian’s Office of Student Research (OSR) was established in 2005 to expand the opportunities necessary for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research and creative activities at Appalachian. Learn more at https://osr.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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