The inaugural FMU Research and Exhibition Day will take place on Thursday, April 17, in the Lee Nursing Building from noon until 3:45 p.m.
Undergraduate and graduate students of various disciplines will showcase their research ranging from the effects of empathy on rodents and the overall effect of Black Friday ads on consumer behavior, to the influence of residential segregation on lower class neighborhoods and the study of morphology.
Dr. Shayna Wrighten, FMU assistant professor of biology, says there were several factors that led to the creation of the new event.
“Many of our students are doing great research, visual pieces and other types of discipline specific work,” says Wrighten. “I wanted them to have an outlet for sharing that work with the FMU community in order to emphasize the importance of their efforts and to help them become comfortable with presenting their work.
Posters and other still forms of visual presentation will be on display in the lobby of the nursing building and any oral or motion-based performances, such as dance pieces or short plays, will be presented in classrooms in the nursing building.
Faculty members Dr. Teresa Herzog (Psychology), Dr. Crystal Hill-Chapman (Psychology), Dr. LeRoy Peterson (Chemistry) and Dr. Lorianne Turner (Biology) assisted in planning the event. The collaboration is what makes this event one worth attending, says Wrighten.
“Sometimes we get isolated within our departments and I think that being able to share what is going on in biology with individuals in business and vice versa is important,” says Wrighten.
This daylong event will culminate with the 8th annual Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (P.U.R.E.) symposium of oral research presentations beginning at 4 p.m.
Each spring and fall semester the FMU Department of Biology hosts a P.U.R.E. symposium on campus, where motivated student researchers can present their results.
For additional information about the Research and Exhibition Day, contact Wrighten at (843) 661-1383. The P.U.R.E. coordinator is Dr. Tamatha Barbeau, and she can be reached at (843) 661-4651.