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2014 Research Symposium Inspired by Active Learning
Research Symposium Celebrates 20th Year
Students Take Control in the Lab
Chemistry Studentsí Research Leads to Publication
2014 Research Symposium Inspired by Active Learning

The University of St. Thomas celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Research Symposium on April 10-12, 2014. During the Symposium, undergraduates and graduates from all disciplines presented 72 oral presentations and 56 poster presentations about their research to their peers, faculty, staff and professionals in their field. View Symposia Abstracts

Research Symposium Celebrates 20th Year

With a dedication to undergraduate research, the University of St. Thomas will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Research Symposium on April 10-12, 2014. During the Symposium, undergraduates and graduates from all disciplines can present oral and poster presentations about their research to their peers, faculty, staff and professionals in their field. Read more

Students Take Control in the Lab

Dr. Shivas Amin, visiting professor of biology, is looking to change the essence of freshman biology labs at the University of St. Thomas. He is looking for student buy-in, that is, he wants students to become personally invested in the research they are doing. To facilitate this, Amin is doing something revolutionary – he is letting the students pick the research. Read more

Chemistry Studentsí Research Leads to Publication

While most students were enjoying their summer vacation, Jennifer Hoang, Valeria Hernandez and Mitchell Nguyen were hard at work in the University of St. Thomas chemistry labs. Under the supervision of Dr. Elmer Ledesma, assistant professor of chemistry, they studied the pyrolysis, combustion and gasification for biomass compound Eugenol. Read more

The Research Symposium promotes undergraduate and graduate research at the University of St. Thomas. Involvement in research teaches students respect for the precepts of honesty and professional ethics.

The Committee on Student Research solicits and screens projects, conducts the annual Research Symposium in the spring and identifies potential grant sources for undergraduate research. Involving close faculty collaboration, undergraduate student research teaches students to be critical thinkers in interpreting and applying the results of their inquiries. Students learn to analyze outcomes as relevant or faulty and approach all knowledge with a purposeful skepticism until the facts are determined.

Students who receive funding from the Committee on Student Research will present their research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. A number of students will pursue the opportunity to present their work in other venues regionally and nationally.

Finally, the underlying purpose of undergraduate research is to prepare students for the professional world — public, private or academic. Experience with the research tools and practice of their discipline gives UST graduates firsthand knowledge and makes our alumni more competitive in the marketplace.

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Dr. Maury Harris, Director of Student Research
wharris@stthom.edu
713-525-3805

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