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Annual Research Conference shines light on students' work

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Nearly 100 students and their faculty advisers will participate during the Annual Research Conference (ARC) on March 13 in the Martha Nesbitt Academic building on UNG's Gainesville. The annual event showcases research projects from across the different academic disciplines.

NOTICE: As of March 12, 2020, this event has been canceled. 

Dr. Gregory Feiden and University of North Georgia (UNG) senior Joseph Froetschel constructed a device to help measure light pollution of the night sky. Dr. Donna Gessell, Dr. Michael Rifenburg and student Ariana Adams examine how authors use magical realism to encourage readers to view life from a new perspective. And a trio of UNG students and Dr. Efren Velazquez investigated emerging adult behavior and mental health.

The three research projects are just a few that will be presented March 13 during the Annual Research Conference (ARC) in the Martha Nesbitt Academic building on UNG's Gainesville. Nearly 100 students and their faculty advisers will participate in the annual event, which showcases research projects from across the different academic disciplines.

"The ARC is an important opportunity for student growth," said Dr. Jennifer Mook, associate professor of biology at UNG and interim assistant director of Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. "It provides a resume-building opportunity at no cost to our students. Many use this as a stepping stone to prepare for professional conferences in their field or glean comments to improve and move forward with their research or activity."

Dr. Efren Velazquez, assistant professor of psychological science at UNG, said undergraduate research is a key component for students applying to graduate schools. UNG psychology majors Alissa Adams, Carly Burkett and Jordan Loggins worked with him on research and plan to attend graduate school.

"When you want to go to graduate school, you need to know how to conduct research and share your information in a professional manner and setting," Velazquez said. "I encouraged my students to get the experience of research outside of the classroom and in an actual conference. The Annual Research Conference is ideal because it is a familiar atmosphere on campus."


To participate in ARC, students submitted abstract proposals ranging from research projects to artistic creations for consideration. A committee selected the abstracts, which will presented in a poster,, panel discussion, artistic display or musical performances

"Ideally, the proposals are original and creative in scope," Mook said. "Projects should add to the scope of knowledge within their field."

Burkett, Adams and Loggins derived their ideas from a broader research study that Velazquez conducts. All three said they enjoyed the research and are looking forward to the ARC. They hope their fellow students will learn from their findings.

"I hope students will see the negative outcome related to sexting and their sexual behavior," Adams said.

Mook said as students present their posters and findings they improve their communication skills, learn to network with other researchers, and are inspired by new ideas and directions.

"Many students gain confidence in their skills by presenting at conferences," Mook said.

Students with the best submitted abstract, poster and essay will be recognized with an award at noon March 13.

25th Annual Research Conference

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13

Where: Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building, 2571 Mathis Drive, UNG's Gainesville Campus


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