Undergraduates Present Research at Symposium

A photo of Regional Chancellor Dr. Sophia Wisniewska visiting with students and reading their research posters

Regional Chancellor Dr. Sophia Wisniewska visits with students and reads their research posters at the 13th annual Undergraduate Student Research Symposium on April 18.

On April 18, 125 undergraduate students participated in the 13th annual Student Research Symposium at USF St. Petersburg. Students presented research posters on topics that ranged from the biology of music to medieval meals to crime break downs in St. Petersburg.

Students had the option to participate individually, as part of a group, or both. Eleven faculty sponsors were involved with the research symposium, and additional faculty attended the event to support students.

“There was nothing like this when I was in college,” said Dr. Thomas Smith, associate professor of Political Science and director of the University Honors Program. “The research being presented seems to be well thought out and features both sophisticated and diverse topics.”

A photo of undergraduate student Emmalise Hunter

Undergraduate student Emmalise Hunter

Psychology senior Devin Plant, 30, presented on an experiment that looks at the effects of natural environments on inhibitory decision making.

“Presenting like this reinforces the value I place in teaching and conveying experiential information to others,” said Plant, whose first conference presentation experience was at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) at the University of Tampa. “It solidifies the idea that I want to be a teacher more and more.”

Biology junior Makenzie Burrows, 21, volunteered on her own to present at the event in order to get practice and a better understanding of how to most effectively present her research.

“I want to feel comfortable talking about science rather than just talking in general,” Burrows said.

Check out more photos from the research symposium in the Facebook photo gallery.