NEWSBRIEF: Arden Hills college student shares research at national event

Iowa State University undergraduate students headed south to share their research and scholarship with their peers from across the nation.

The 33rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research was April 11-13 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. About 4,000 undergraduate students from across the U.S. presented their research at this annual conference, the largest undergraduate research conference in the country.

Eric Diaz, a mechanical engineering student from Arden Hills, presented “Empathy in Design: How Does a Persona Influence Creativity?” according to a news release from Iowa State.

This is the third year ISU students have attended NCUR. Iowa State’s 62 students representing 30 different majors marks the university’s highest level of participation yet. In addition to presenting their research and scholarship, the students also will have networking and professional development opportunities.

Iowa State students worked hard to fund their attendance at the conference, said Svitlana Zbarska, coordinator of the Undergraduate Research Program. Zbarska said the outstanding support of faculty mentors, departments, colleges, the Undergraduate Research Program, University Honors program, IINSPIRE LSAMP program, Division of Student Affairs and the McNair Scholars Program all helped these students plan their path to the conference.

“NCUR is so beneficial for these students because it empowers them as scientists. It gives them an opportunity to present their research at the national level and attend one of the biggest graduate school fairs in the U.S.,” Zbarska said. “ISU students have attended this conference three years in a row, and I hope our undergraduate research will continue to be represented at the national level in the future.”

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