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Thursday, February 14, 2013


ODU Shines Spotlight on Undergraduate Research

From aphasia to ZnO nanorods, Old Dominion’s fifth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Feb. 9 covered a lot of ground. Sponsored by the Honors College, the daylong symposium at the Perry Library Learning Commons shined a spotlight on many of the comprehensive projects being undertaken by undergraduate students in five ODU colleges. The day full of poster sessions and presentations on a wide variety of research projects concluded with a reception and visual arts exhibit.

More than 100 undergraduate researchers participated in this year’s program.

Ivan Ash, director of ODU’s Undergraduate Research Program and the event’s organizer, said the symposium “gives an idea of the diversity of research” at the university. “We’re trying to show the amazing research and original artwork undergrads are doing here. These aren’t high school science projects – it’s real research that’s being published in journals and presented at conferences.”

Photos by Troy Bonner Jr.

Rachel Williams, a political science major, talks about her research, “The Importance of a Bottom-up Approach in Crafting Policy Involving Firearms on College Campuses,” with Ivan Ash, the director of ODU’s Undergraduate Research Program and the symposium’s organizer.

Political science major I’Esha Wynn discusses her research with Robert Wojtowicz, professor of art history and associate dean for research and graduate studies. Wynn’s poster was titled “Does Age Influence Voter Turnout?”

Vittorio Colaizzi (left), assistant professor of art, checks out the metalsmithing exhibit by art major Patrick Diggs.

Visitors to the symposium study one of the visual art exhibits.

Mostafa Awwad, an electrical and computer engineering major, gives a presentation on his research, “Computer-controlled Life-support System for Cardiac Tissue.”

Provost Carol Simpson delivers the welcome and opening remarks at the symposium.

Jessi Strand, an ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences major, was one of five students who collaborated on a research project involving a Portsmouth lake: “Lake Ballard Phosphate and Grain Size Comparisons at the Sediment-Water Interface.”

Geology students Melissa Bateman, left, and Mary Martin attended the symposium to exhibit their research project, “Creation of Virtual Geological Specimens for Viewing in Google Earth Using AutoDesk 123D Catch Technology.”

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