Four USF Sarasota-Manatee students chosen for National Conference of Undergraduate Research

January 17, 2012 @ 3:59 pm
By charlieterenzio

Four students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) applied as participants in the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and all four were accepted.  These four students were selected from over 3,100 submissions.  Hosted at Weber State University in Utah from March 29-31, NCUR promotes undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study.  The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.

Jami Worley, a psychology major, will present “The Importance of Trial Ambiguity: Understanding the Influence of  Pretrial Publicity on Jurors’ Decisions and Emotions.”  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Christine Ruva, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM.  Candace Rainville, a Criminology major, will present “Are Pictures Better than Words When Mapping Alcohol Expectancies?”  Candace’s faculty mentor is Dr. Richard Reich, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences at USFSM.  Paul Dunder, a history major, will present “It Did Not Happen Here: Nazi Infiltration of America in the 1930’s.”  His faculty mentor is Dr. June Benowitz, Assistant Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.  Finally, Erin Carter, an English major, will present “Natural Law in the Tragedy of King Lear.”  Erin’s faculty mentor is Dr. Suzanne Stein, Assistant Professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.

“At USF Sarasota-Manatee, students have the opportunity to add value to their undergraduate education by working closely with faculty mentors on research,” said Dr. Jane Rose, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.  “Professors guide students as they polish work for a larger academic audience through publication and presentation at scholarly conferences.  This sort of opportunity, which is usually reserved for graduate students, gives USFSM students a clear competitive edge as they apply for employment or graduate school.”

The four students selected first applied for submission through the Day of Undergraduate Research held at USFSM in October.  They presented their research to a panel of seven faculty members and students and the top four presentations were chosen.  The USFSM Student Government Association (SGA) awarded the top four presentations with assistance in applying for the conference and a scholarship to attend if they were chosen.

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