2017 Research Symposium to showcase student work

Students will have the opportunity to showcase their research beyond the classroom during the 2017 Student Research Symposium, to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in Connor Ballroom at Missouri Southern State University.

Nearly 50 entries will be featured in one of six categories: Humanities; Business, Engineering and Technology; Social Sciences; Physical and Biological Sciences; Health Sciences; and Education. Students will create a poster presentation to visually share their work.

A panel of judges – from on and off campus – will determine the winners in each category. First- and second-place winners will be announced for each category, and there will be a prize awarded for the best overall poster.

“The event allows our students to gain firsthand experience in an academic discipline while developing and enhancing their analytical, critical-thinking and communication skills,” said Dr. Michael Howarth, research symposium coordinator. “These experiences have proven beneficial for students when beginning a career or graduate studies.”

A faculty-led panel titled “Getting Started in Research” will be offered from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 309 of Billingsly Student Center.

The session will be led by Dr. David Penning, biology; Dr. Carissa Gober, education; and Dr. Nick Nicoletti, political science. They will discuss research opportunities at Missouri Southern and how students can get started with faculty-mentored projects.

The public is invited to view the entries on display.