University to celebrate student research April 19

More than 400 Shippensburg University students will participate in the university’s annual Minds@Work Conference April 19 to celebrat­e student research, scholarship and creativity.  

mindsworkThe event highlights the year-long efforts by students who collaborate with faculty to conduct research in various areas. The conference, open to the public, is from 3:30 to 9 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building.

It is sponsored by the Institute for Public Service & Sponsored Programs and the Advisory Council for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities.

The conference celebrates student achievements across all disciplines and 31 departments. The conference is open to all students to share what they have discovered, created, and achieved under the guidance of a faculty men­tor.

The conference will have:

  •          401 presenters
  •          141 posters for presentations
  •          48 department and student presentations
  •          120 faculty members from 31 departments

Get an insider look at one of this year's undergraduate student research projects from Computer Science and Engineering and read about projects on how trauma affects children and how attitudes, emotions and stress in the workplace impact an employee’s work ethic. The conference program with all of the presentations is available here.

According to Dr. Marc Renault, chair of the Advisory Council for Under­graduate Research, Scholarship and Cre­ative Activities, “I love this conference because I see students from all disciplines taking control of their learning, pushing it beyond the comfort of the classroom, exploring uncharted territory. To research is to force yourself to think clearly and precisely; it is to be tenacious in the face of the unknown; it is to pull together disparate facts to discover deeper truth.”

On April 20, in conjunction with the celebration, Dr. Neil Shubin will present this year’s Kirkland Spizuoco Memorial Science Lecture. His lecture, “Your Inner Fish,” is at 7:30 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and is free and open to the public.

ShubinheadshotThe lecture is held in memory of Dr. Gordon L. Kirkland Jr. and Dr. Joseph Spizuoco, who both died in 1999. The series was started to honor the two long-time faculty members for their dedication and commitment to Shippensburg students and to their academic fields of biology and physics, respectively.

Shubin is the author of two popular science books, The Universe Within and the best-selling YOUR INNER FISH, which was chosen by the National Academy of Sciences as the best book of the year in 2009. Trained at Columbia, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley, Shubin is the Robert Bensley Distinguished Service Professor and Associate Dean of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago. In 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

A book signing will follow his talk. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Hurd in the biology department at 717-477-1751.