SMSU briefs for Nov. 27
Gannott receives SMSU scholarship
Southwest Minnesota State University announced that Jenna Gannott, the daughter of Thomas and Carrie Gannott of Marshall, has been selected to receive a Mentor Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Recipients of this scholarship are recognized for their academic accomplishments and outstanding leadership abilities.
Her planned major field of study is undeclared.
Coens receives SMSU scholarship
Southwest Minnesota State University announced that Darren Coens, the son of Terry and Anita Coens of Marshall, has been selected to receive a Deans’ Award and Grong Memorial Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Recipients of this scholarship are recognized for their academic accomplishments and outstanding leadership abilities.
His planned major field of study is finance.
Eighth Undergraduate Research Conference Dec. 4
The eighth annual Undergraduate Research Conference will be from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Research projects from SMSU students representing 17 academic areas will be featured, said event organizer Dr. Emily Deaver, professor of environmental science.
“It’s the largest conference we’ve had yet,” she said. “We will have 223 students presenting, and 18 of those students are double presenting (oral and poster presentations).”
Joe Hauger, a senior pollution control specialist at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, will be the keynote speaker at 8:45 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom. Hauger is a 2003 alumnus of SMSU’s environmental science program.
The conference will take place at several locations across campus. Oral presentations will be given in the Conference Center Ballroom and Charter Hall 201, while poster presentations will be in the Conference Center Lower Ballroom, the upper level of the Student Center and the Library Plaza area.
Poster and oral presentations begin at 9:45 a.m. Oral presentations consist of PowerPoints about the students’ research topic, followed by a short Q&A session.
Poster presentations are created using a template and are printed by Charlie Kost in the GIS Center at SMSU. The posters are the same quality as those used at professional conferences.
The Undergraduate Research Conference originated when Deaver and environmental science professor Thomas Dilley undertook an Environmental Science program review.
“We realized the students needed more experience doing original research and then presenting their findings,” said Deaver.
Students will explain their project to the public, and others within the university community, during the day. The conference usually attracts about 500 viewers, including students, faculty, family, friends, university faculty and staff, as well as staff from regional scientific agencies.
Two McFarland Library research awards of $50 each will be awarded to the best oral presentation and the best poster presentation, based on the judges’ evaluations.
Those wanting to find a particular student presentation can check at the table on the upper level of the Conference Center for a program listing the full schedule for the day. The schedule will also be made available online at: www.smsu.edu.
The conference is free and open to the public.
For further information, call 507-537-6171, or e-mail: Emily.Deaver@smsu.edu.