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YHC Hosts Second Annual Undergraduate Research Day

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Young Harris College Hosts Second Annual Undergraduate Research Day

Young Harris College hosted the second annual Undergraduate Research Day on March 21. The event, titled “From Paint Brushes to Petri Dishes,” showcased research projects of YHC faculty and students from all academic disciplines.

“This event has been really beneficial for me, especially as a senior working on my capstone project to complete my degree,” said Erin Grable, a senior communication studies major from Blairsville, who presented “Nostalgia and American Culture.” “Everyone was really positive and friendly with their comments, and it was nice to have an environment that wasn’t stressful where I could get great feedback.”

The research day included 20 oral and 15 poster presentations regarding topics ranging from “Using Fractal Structure to Compose Music” to “A Humanist Re-Reading of the Book of Jonah with Privilege Given to Questions of Freedom, Justice and Mercy.” In between sessions, attendees and participants enjoyed music by YHC’s Clarinet Quartet and Flute Trio.

The event’s organizer, Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Science and Associate Professor of Biology Linda Jones, Ph.D., said she was “very pleased” with this year’s program that expanded to include three concurrent afternoon sessions.

“I hope this will become an annual event the whole campus looks forward to,” she said. “I love the interdisciplinary nature of the sessions. I think it gives a good liberal arts approach, and the musical interludes add a great flair.”

In addition to Dr. Jones, the event’s organizing committee included Assistant Professor of Psychology Amy Boggan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics Lynne Nation, Assistant Professor of Biology Jenn Schroeder, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History Natalia Starostina, Ph.D.                                                                   

More than a dozen faculty members sponsored or co-presented sessions with students, who enjoyed the opportunity to conduct independent research outside of a traditional classroom setting.

“I liked having the freedom to choose a topic that interested me and sparked my curiosity,” said Elizabeth Pruitt, a senior mathematics major from Tiger, who presented “Investigations of Basins of Attraction Associated with Newton’s Method.” “I completed all of the research on my own with some guidance from my professor, Dr. Chris Sass, and truly enjoyed putting my presentation together.”

Students gave oral presentations to classmates and faculty during the 2014 Undergraduate Research Day.

YHC’s Clarinet Quartet and Flute Trio performed for attendees in between sessions. 

Students created and presented posters on a variety of topics during the event.

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