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Blinn to display student research, innovations with Undergraduate Research Conference

Conference will showcase original work from more than 30 student researchers

April 4, 2016

Blinn College students will put their original research and innovations on display in celebration of National Undergraduate Research Week.

More than 30 student researchers and artists will showcase their projects on Tuesday, April 12, during the inaugural Undergraduate Research Conference on the Blinn College-Bryan campus. The conference will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Room E-120 of the Student Center. Researchers will present posters describing their work and be available to discuss as their schedules allow. The come-and-go event is free and open to the public. 

A pioneer in community college student research, Blinn is inspiring students to conduct original research and artistic projects in a number of fields, including chemistry, biology, geography, psychology, humanities and visual arts. Since 2012, more than 150 Blinn students have participated in research, including several who have traveled across the U.S. to present their findings at national conferences.

Blinn faculty and administrators launched an initiative last year to build students’ interest in conducting research. The initiative has established research-based courses in the natural and social sciences, student-faculty partnerships and student organization-based research.

“We want the entire community to have the opportunity to see the amazing things our students are doing, and get more students excited about research,” said Joyce Langenegger, director of professional development and coordinator of the conference. “They are doing true research—initiating projects themselves and earning recognition for it. We’re excited to offer others an inside look at what we’re up to.”