Carroll College Undergraduate Research Festival highlights dedicated work of students

Posted at 6:29 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 20:29:39-04

Carroll College hosted their 7th Annual Student Undergraduate Research Festival this week to celebrate the students’ research.

Carroll students made over 150 presentations and posters featuring a wide range of subjects including elder care, energy alternatives and West Nile virus just to name a few.

The presentations and posters by the students represent the culmination of months and years of dedicated work and research.

Daniel Olszewski , a Carroll College junior, spent the summer at Rochester Institute of Technology working under Dr. Elizabeth Chery. While there he worked on a team that was researching ways to better understand the precursor phase to cardiac arrest by using differential equations.

Olszewski says that he is very thankful for Carroll providing this opportunity and is excited to share the research with the public.

“It’s important to see where things come from,” says Olszewski, “I think the public deserves to see sort of the behind-the-scenes of new research.”

Carroll College senior Kerri McInnis took part in two undergraduate research projects this past year . One of her projects looked at long-term care of elderly citizens in other sociological environments and the other was research into the stereochemical control of Diels-Alder reactions.

McInnis says that these research opportunities help prepare students for after graduation.

“I’m not going to be in a class room, I’m going to actually be applying these academic concepts and this knowledge to the real world,” says McIgnnus, “I think undergraduate research, not only in organic chemistry, not only in Spanish but in all the disciplines allows students to kind of cross this barrier.”

Carroll College is also celebrating the 40th Manion Symposium this week which recognizes the contributions of former Carroll biology professor James Manion.

For more information about all the Undergraduate Research projects presented at the festival click here.