Friday, February 22, 2013
Contact: Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation (304) 696-7153

More than 30 Marshall students to showcase their work next week at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Thirty-one students from Marshall University will be among approximately 100 student researchers from across West Virginia who will present their discoveries at the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Charleston next Thursday, Feb. 28.

The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the rotunda of the State Capitol, is intended to showcase the importance of student research by giving policymakers and the general public the opportunity to talk directly with the students who conducted the research projects, which range from cancer to bridge construction to cloud computing. The students’ projects are original research and they will be sharing posters they have prepared to help illustrate their work.

“This is a fun event for our students and for the members of the state legislature,” said Dr. Charles Somerville, dean of Marshall’s College of Science and a member of the event’s organizing committee. “Students work on these original research projects for as long as four years and this event provides them an opportunity to share their work with the senators and delegates.”

The research projects Marshall students will be highlighting are in the disciplines of biochemistry, biology, engineering, chemistry, computer science/information technology and psychology.

Dr. John Maher, Marshall vice president for research, said, “The work these students are doing is on par with that done at the best universities in the country. This event provides a unique opportunity for members of the legislature to see an aspect of higher education normally hidden from public view, but that is one of the most important tools for developing students for entry into the workplace or postgraduate education.”
The following is a list of Marshall University’s participants, along with their hometown, disciplines, project titles and advisers:

In addition to Marshall, 14 other universities and colleges will be represented at the event, including Alderson-Broaddus College; Bluefield State College; Concord University; Fairmont State University; Glenville State College; Ohio Valley University; Shepherd University; University of Charleston; West Liberty University; West Virginia State University; West Virginia University; West Virginia Wesleyan College, Wheeling Jesuit University and WVU Institute of Technology.

For more information about Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, contact Somerville at 304-696-2424.

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