Honors College Students Present Their Research

Posted: December 16, 2013 at 5:02 am, Last Updated: December 18, 2013 at 6:44 am

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A student presents her research at the Honors College Research Exhibition. Photo by Alexis Glenn

By Sudha Kamath

From the neuroscience of running, to the impact of optimism on chronic disease, to the 1976 Soweto Uprising, a wide range of topics took center stage at the fourth annual Honors College Research Exhibition held on Dec. 12.

Three hundred fifty freshmen who were enrolled in HNRS 110 Research Methods created posters and papers answering an original question from several perspectives.

“The Research Exhibition is always a wonderful way to end the fall semester, not only because it showcases the work of Honors College freshmen, engaging them for the first time in college-level research, but also because it brings together so many different groups,” says Kristin Samuelian, curriculum coordinator.

She says undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, administrators and librarians collaborate with “the common goal of fostering and celebrating undergraduate scholarship.”

The event was opened by George Mason University Provost Peter Stearns. Other speakers included Zofia Burr, dean of the Honors College, and Bethany Usher, director of the Students as Scholars initiative through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research.

Topics covered in the course included humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, economics, management and law.

Write to Sudha Kamath at skamath@gmu.edu

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