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    Duquesne University Symposium to Feature Undergraduate Research

    Duquesne University’s third annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium will highlight some of the best undergraduate work accomplished on campus.


    Research presentations will be given every 15 minutes, from 9 a.m. to noon, focusing on diverse topics from across the University, including liberal arts, natural sciences, health sciences and nursing. More than 35 students will present posters, which will be available throughout the event.

    Some topics include:

    • The challenges of occupational therapists working with homeless veterans
    • Personality analysis conducted through text
    • The need to redistrict voting maps
    • Analysis of plankton near Freeport
    • Co-factors for treating nutritional deficiencies
    • Effects of marijuana on hair
    • Various forensic analyses, including recovering DNA from burned tissue samples
    • Methods to decrease ventilator-associated pneumonia during hospital stays.

    “Every top-flight university in the country does something to stimulate research and scholarship among undergraduate students,” said Dr. Alan W. Seadler, associate academic vice president for research. The depth of student involvement reaches into organizing the symposium and extends to student artwork being featured on posters used to publicize the event, Seadler said.

    “This is a prime opportunity to see actual examples of undergraduate scholars presenting their work and an opportunity for students from a variety of disciplines to share their experiences,” Seadler added.

    When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30

    Where: Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue and Chatham Square

    Admission: Free and open to the public

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.