Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Twenty-six Marshall University students presenting posters at 7th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University will join 12 other colleges and universities as participants in the 7th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Twenty-six Marshall students will be presenting 17 discoveries.  Undergraduate Research Day runs from 8:45 a.m. to noon in the Capitol Rotunda. In all, 101 students will be presenting discoveries. Other colleges and universities participating include:

Alderson-Broaddus College, Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Shepherd University, the University of Charleston, West Liberty State College, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling-Jesuit University and WVU Institute of Technology.

Students will present their discoveries in poster format and talk to legislators about their findings. The projects are original research and the posters have been designed for a general audience.

The posters will be in the areas of anthropology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, communications, computer science and information technology, criminal justice, economics, engineering, English, environmental studies, geography, geology, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology and sociology/social work.

Michael Castellani, professor and chair of Marshall’s chemistry department and co-chair of the event’s organizing committee, said the level of interest legislators have in higher education in West Virginia is clear on Undergraduate Research Day.

“The state officials really enjoy this special day visiting with these outstanding students and listening as they enthusiastically discuss their projects,” Castellani said. “We enjoy observing the interaction between the students and the legislators. Since we’ve been here for a number of years, many of the legislators anticipate our event and plan in advance to visit the students.  I think it’s something they really look forward to doing each year.”

Castellani said that the 26 students from Marshall represent “the most broad-based group of students we’ve ever brought to the Capitol.”

The following is a list of Marshall University’s participants, along with their home counties or cities, disciplines, research posters and advisors:

For more information on Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, contact Castellani at 304-696-6486.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197