WMU News

Student research, creative works highlighted

April 1, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- The research and creative works of 39 undergraduate students as well as an exhibition by Western Michigan University's Mock Trial Team, which recently earned a berth in the national competition, will be showcased when the University's College of Arts and Sciences holds its fifth annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award reception at 3 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center.

Using poster presentations and other display media, student researchers will show work they have done as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award Program. The program pairs students with faculty mentors for a one-on-one experience examining topics in their disciplines. URCA award recipients receive a $500 scholarship to cover travel expenses and research supplies or to use as a stipend.

Research on topics ranging from literature to sociology to nuclear physics will be showcased at the reception. In addition, the program will feature a mock trial staged by members of WMU's Mock Trial Team, which claimed second place at the regional tournament held at the University of Notre Dame in February and will compete at the national competition in Des Moines, Iowa, April 3-5.

The reception is the culminating event of the College of Arts and Sciences' month-long celebration of academic research. Since March 22, work by the college's faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students has been on display in Wood Hall, and many were feted at departmental events April 1 through 5.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 269 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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