Welcome to the second annual Carroll College Student Undergraduate Research Festival. Carroll has created this opportunity to showcase the research being performed by our students. An important objective of higher education is to encourage students to go beyond being passive learners and to become active participants in their chosen field of study. In other words, we want our students to utilize the theories and methods that they have mastered throughout their educational careers by applying them in a meaningful manner. Undergraduate research is an important way that this objective is achieved at Carroll College.
While undergraduate research has been an integral part of the Carroll curriculum for many years, until now we have not had a campus wide venue that gives our students the chance to share their scholarly accomplishments. The Student Undergraduate Research Festival not only gives students the opportunity to display the fruits of their educational labors, but also serves to increase the community’s awareness of the outstanding research conducted here.
Here we are, exactly a year after our inaugural Carroll College Student Undergraduate Research Festival. This year we build upon the success and excitement of last year’s festival, and we now have 45 presentations, posters, and roundtable discussions. Once again, I would like to thank Dr. Brandon Sheafor for providing the passion and enthusiasm to make this event a Carroll tradition. Ms. Shanni Barry served as our logistical mastermind – collecting titles and abstracts and creating our schedule of talks. Dr. Jeannette Fregulia provided planning guidance, and Sarah Windmueller found space for our sessions. Ms. Laura Ottoson again lent her impeccable design and layout skills for the booklet. This event continues to be a success because of the faculty who nominate students and mentor them through their research experiences. We would lack an audience for these presentations without the cooperation of faculty who released their students from this afternoon’s classes. Finally, a huge thank you to our student presenters: you make this happen, and the Carroll community celebrates your accomplishments. - Mark Parker, PhD, Associate Dean of Academics