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King University News :: King Students Participate in Undergraduate Research Poster Session April 26

King University students from seven different classes across Arts and Sciences will present their research during King’s second Undergraduate Research Poster Session on Friday, April 26 from 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. in the E.W. King Library.  

Poster sessions are very common in the sciences,” stated Erika Brammer, dean of Library Services for King University.  “King has been increasingly involved in learning communities and undergraduate research.  The library is working to engage students throughout the King community for potential research endeavors.”

There will be a total of 62 posters and just more than 100 students presenting their research during the poster session.  Faculty involved include Han Chuan Ong, associate professor of Biology; Liz Dollar, associate professor of Theatre and director of the Theatre program; Joseph Fitsanakis, instructor and coordinator for the Security and Intelligence Studies program; Kevin DeFord, associate professor of Psychology; Pat Flannagan, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities; Joonna Trapp, associate professor of Rhetoric and Communication; and Ray Bloomer, professor of Physics and Astronomy and associate dean of Arts and Sciences. 

Poster sessions provide students the opportunity to engage in a professional presentation, showcasing their work to faculty, staff, and other students.  “The goal is to give students the opportunity to participate in a poster session in a safe environment,” said Brammer.  “Poster sessions are typical for professional conferences, graduate school, and the research areas of corporations.  Ideally, we want students to feel prepared to participate in a poster session in the professional realm.”

A smaller version of the Undergraduate Research Poster Session took place in Dec. 2012.  Fourteen posters were presented.  All students participating expressed the desire to repeat the experience.  “There has been an excitement building within the participating faculty as they see the value of an event of this type,” commented Brammer. 

Participating students from the fall poster session were asked to choose one thing they gained from the experience.  Answers ranged from “the opportunity of sharing the findings of my research;” and “confidence in my ability to do research and present it to an audience;” to “knowing how to present” and “highlighting research without [it] being overwhelming.”  One student expressed it as a “big confidence boost in being forced to present information face to face.”

The Undergraduate Research Poster Session is hosted by the E.W. King Library.  Refreshments will be served.  Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend the poster session. 

For more information, contact Erika Brammer at 423.652.6325 or


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