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Union to hold annual Scholarship Symposium May 9

JACKSON, Tenn.May 8, 2008 – About 75 students will present research findings May 9 as part of Union University’s Scholarship Symposium.

The university’s Undergraduate Research Program sponsors the annual event. Presentations are open to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed a collaborative, innovative scholarly project during the current academic year.

The program’s goal is to provide students with the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor on a research project. About 25 faculty members participated with students in this year’s symposium.

“The privilege for students to participate in this level of serious exploration and research is usually reserved for graduate study,” Union University President David S. Dockery said. “The entire project is an affirmation of the quality of Union students and the serious investment that Union faculty members provide for these students.”

Among the presentations scheduled, Matthew Dawson will present a project entitled, “Bridging the Group Definition Gap.” Dawson’s paper was published by The Harvard College Mathematics Review.

Other presentations include “Autonomous Robot Design” by Will Trautman, Zackary Jackson and Joshua Brooks; “Dynamic Websites for Kids’ Party Business” by Blake Williams; “Japan and South Korea: Can These Two Nations Work Together?” by Alex Scarborough; and “Comparison of Various Fertilizer Methods on Tomato Growth” by Edric Gaylor.

About 45 presentations will be held at various locations around campus beginning at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Suzanne Barham at (731) 661-5378.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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