Graduate, undergraduate students to present research at two forums

10:48:10 AM CDT - Thursday, April 21, 2005

By Melissa Lacey and Amy Geiszler-Jones

Both graduate and undergraduate students at WSU will give presentations of research and other projects during separate forums this month. This is the first year for the Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) symposium, while the Undergraduate Research Day is in its fifth year.

The GRASP symposium will be held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 22, and the Undergraduate Research Day will be held a week later, on April 29, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The events, which are free and open to the public, will be at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

The two forums give students an opportunity to showcase their research or creative projects to the WSU and Wichita community. There will be oral and non-oral presentations at both events. The presenters of the top three projects in each category will receive awards and cash prizes.

About 85 entries are slated for the GRASP symposium; 15 projects will be presented at the Undergraduate Research Day.

The graduate projects include wind power in the Flint Hills of Kansas; predicting ancient climate conditions; information technology; and security issues in airplane data networks; and forensic profiling systems.

During the undergraduate forum, students will present projects on topics such as social alienation and the American dream, symphony partnerships with public schools, and a study of the driving ability of nonadult and adult drivers.

WSU's Graduate School, Office of Research Administration, University Libraries, and Engenio Information Technologies Inc. are sponsoring the GRASP symposium.

Funding for the Undergraduate Research Day is being provided by research administration, the vice president for academic affairs and research office, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and University Libraries.

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