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Students give poster presentation of research during the 16th Annual Student Research Symposium

Students give poster presentation of research during the 16th Annual Student Research Symposium

Arts and Sciences | Business and Industry | Events | Featured | Health Education and Human Sciences | News | StudentsMarch 29, 2024

UAFS Student Research Symposium Tabbed for 17th Year

Written By: Ian Silvester

On Friday, April 5, the 17th Annual Student Research Symposium returns to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Students will present more than 45 research projects on various topics to cap off a year’s worth of team and individual work.

Throughout the day, nearly 100 student participants will conduct half-hour demonstrations, lectures, or performances. Concurrently, there will also be visual poster presentations of projects. Individual and team projects will highlight unique research areas from dental hygiene, engineering, geosciences, and media in society to socio-political impacts.

“These presentations represent the academic diversity of UAFS’s programs and the intellectual excellence of our students and their faculty mentors,” Dr. Shadow Robinson, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, explained in a statement. “Our faculty and staff are committed to fostering an environment that promotes learning and discovery.”

Robinson continued by praising the work of students who “accepted the challenge, explored unique areas of research, and synthesized their results.”

Some of the research to be presented includes:

  • A team of four dental hygiene seniors, Candy Gutierrez, Leslie Guerra, Amy Le, and Abby Mussett, tackle the efficacy of oral care products. The team investigates the success of treating patients with fluoride alone or a combination of fluoride and arginine.
  • Senior electronics engineering technology student Joshua Bean delves into the world of digitizing earth-gradient cable-fault localization methods. Traditionally, cable faults have been located through analog components. His presentation will conclude with the presentation of a fully functional digital fault locator prototype.
  • Kaleb McLaughlin, a geoscience major with plans to earn a Ph.D. in geoscience, dives into the world of knoll reefs located in the southeastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From more than 120 samples, he found a buildup of sediments and fossils that show a correlation of inter-reef currents that occurred almost 200 million years before the dinosaurs.

Oral presentations will begin at noon, concluding at 2 p.m., and will be located throughout the Boreham Library and Pendergraft Health Sciences Center. Poster presentations will be on display from noon to 2 p.m. in the Boreham Library.

To read more about individual and group presentations, visit the 2024 Symposium Booklet.

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