Listen to research by Josh Thomas, testing ground water viability and the effect that Canada goose migrations have on the safety of west Texas water sources.
Listen to Stephanie Vander-Plas, a double major in Humanities and Biology tell her story of arriving at medical school having already presented valuable research in preventing blindness.
"NCUR 2013 was terrific, as always. I am such a fan of undergraduate research, and could never say enough how important it is for students to be given the opportunity to work on original research and present that work in a professional environment. I was approached by the editor of the Journal of Young Investigators, who asked me to submit my paper for publication in their journal. I plan to pursue that opportunity.
"Going to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research was a great experience. That was my first national conference, and it was interesting to see all the different areas of research presented. I did a poster presentation, and I enjoyed it immensely. It was good just to have conversations with faculty and students from all around the country. As for having faculty members attend with us, that was a great plus because it was good to have their support. It helped in keeping us, the students, organized throughout the trip.
Working on my own research was definitely difficult, but it was a very rewarding experience. Theory can be taught in the classroom, but actually getting to experience it has taught me so much more than I would have ever imagined. It has prepared me significantly for graduate school. I am very grateful for this experience!"
Samantha Lack completed her BA in History at LCU in May 2012. Her senior project focused on Henry VIII and the English Reformation, and she presented her findings at NCUR in March of the same year. She currently attends Texas Tech and is pursuing a MA in History. Samantha's current research focuses on children and their place in society in early modern England. She spent three weeks during the summer of 2014 in London examining documents and material items at the British Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the London Metropolitan Archives. She is expected to graduate with her MA in May of 2015 and will then begin work on her Ph.D.
Presenting my senior research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research was a life-changing experience for me. The opportunity gave me the confidence to know that I could succeed in conducting research and presenting it at a national level, and solidified my decision to pursue graduate school. I was very appreciative of all of the support shown by the faculty that attended the conference. They made sure to attend every presentation by LCU students and they were always full of encouragement. I would definitely recommend NCUR to any student who is interested in pursuing graduate work or improving their resume or CV.
Caitlin Brinsfield presented a study entitled, “My Confession: A Visual Representation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Brinsfield documented the authoethnographic process for her senior thesis—"My Confession: An Autoethnographic Study of Empowerment Through Self-Representation." Brinsfield presented her thesis at the National Art Education Association Conference and at the LCU Scholars Colloquium, where she won the Qualitative award. The art she created during this study was displayed in her senior art exhibition titled My Confession: A Visual Representation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.