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      This month, Capital University will host its 20th annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship, which features groundbreaking student research in a variety of disciplines. The symposium will kick off with an April 19 keynote panel featuring Capital alumni whose undergraduate research launched their graduate school, academic and professional careers. An afternoon of student research presentations will follow on Wednesday, April 20.

      The symposium is an exemplar of Capital's high-impact practices in teaching and learning, including undergraduate research, capstone and immersive experiences, and study abroad. This approach helps students get the most out of their education and discover their professional and academic calling. 

      By involving students in experiential and cross-disciplinary learning, the Capital University experience becomes an area for continuous growth and exploration.

      Keynote Panel Featuring Capital Alumni

      To celebrate its 20th year of showcasing faculty-mentored undergraduate research, Capital has invited three alumni whose degrees, scholarship and disciplines vary, but who share a passion for their research experiences at Capital, to participate in a keynote panel Tuesday, April 19, at 7 pm in Mees Hall. Featured speakers include distinguished alumni Dr. Kathryn Bell ’97, Dr. Brian Murphy ’03 and Rachel Yoho ’12. 

      Dr. Bell, associate professor of psychology, is acting director of honors and undergraduate scholarship at Capital. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in interpersonal violence, trauma, behavior analysis and addictions. She graduated from Capital University in 1997, and gave the student introductory address and presented at the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship in 1998.

      Dr. Murphy is an award-winning poet, scholar and assistant professor in the Core Division at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English at Capital, where he presented at the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship, as well as the Student Achievement in Research and Scholarship Conference, receiving the Lloyd O. Brown Award in 2001. His areas of scholarship include creative writing, American studies, race and visual culture.

      Rachel Yoho is a scientist interested in the intersection of energy technologies, science education and policy. She graduated from Capital University in 2012, and was awarded the 2010 James L. and E. Marlene Bruning Undergraduate Research Award. Rachel was the first student to represent Capital University at the Posters on the Hill Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., with her mentor, Dr. Patrick Shields. 
       

      Symposium Presentations

      Wednesday’s symposium will follow Honors Convocation, which is Capital’s annual celebration of student and employee leadership, scholarship and service. At the symposium, students will present their research through posters from 11:30 am to 1 pm in The Capital Center Field House, and through oral presentations from 1:30 to 4 pm in Battelle Hall, Blackmore Library, Troutman Hall and Ruff Memorial Learning Center. Wednesday’s presentations include:
      • Impacts of the Zika Virus, a poster presentation by Rachel Dumke, from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Field House 
      • Prevalence of Cyber Bullying on a College Campus, presented by Ciarra Davis and Angeline Renner, Wednesday, April 20 at 3:30 pm in Blackmore Library 110  
      • Variety of GMO Presentations – Wednesday, April 20 from 11:30 am to 4 pm 
        Mislabeling GMO Foods: How Prevalent is it?, presented by Amelia Bartenschlag 
        GMO: Name Brand Cereals vs. Non-Name Brand Cereals, presented by Lala Hamidova
        Comparative Analysis of Country GDP vs. Production of Genetically Modified Corn Products, presented by Molly Bayer, Richard Beckner, Wayen Malangone
        Health Concerns Related to the Consumption of Genetically Modified Foods, presented by Ossiel Ibarra, Rebecca Kapavik and Teresa Ofei
        Genetically Modified Foods: All Natural vs. Organic, presented by Calvin Saunders, Hunter Mouser and Rachel Jerome Download a complete program of events, complete with times and locations.

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