Wells Students Participate in 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

April 11, 2018
Students traveled to the conference to present their research in art history, sociology, and biochemistry.
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Three Wells students recently traveled to the University of Central Oklahoma to contribute to the 32nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Wells has been represented by outstanding students at 30 of the annual conferences, through the dedication and coordination of Professor of Chemistry Chris Bailey. The students and their presentations were:

Alissa Bell, Visual Arts: Art History major. "Staging the Rococo: Intermediality, Theatricality and Spectacle in the Work of Jean-Honore′ Fragonard" (Sponsored by Professor Nancy Demerdash-Fatemi)
Courtney Brindisi, Sociology and Anthropology major. "I Keep It To Myself Because It Is Weird: Managing The Stigma Of Seeing A Ghost" (Sponsored by Professor Dan Renfrow)
Aaliyah Grandy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. "Effects of S-nitrosation on Peroxidase Pathways in Brassica rapa" (Sponsored by Professor Lindsay Burwell)

"Being able to talk to students from all over the country about my research project was exhilarating," Courtney shared. "I definitely feel that my time at NCUR has reminded me of how well this school prepares its students academically and professionally."

"NCUR celebrated not only formative skills for undergrad researchers in presentation, dissemination, and argumentation on a national scale— but it also celebrated the liberal arts," said Aaliyah. "This conference encouraged me to attend topics within theater, history, anthropology, psychology, and sociology and discuss afterwards."

"Presenting at NCUR has been a fantastic jumping-off point for me as someone who has always felt a bit of uncertainty deciding what I want to do in the future," said Alissa. "Getting to talk with other academics, see other students' work, and discussing programs with grad school representatives has really helped me get that push towards making decisions about my academic career and feeling confident in my research. Plus, its just fun to branch out of your department and listen to presentations about topics in which you're interested, but never get to study!"

The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. This gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum, creating a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement.

Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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