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UNG students show off research projects at Annual Research Conference
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Nearly 130 University of North Georgia (UNG) students performed research-based projects and presented their results during the poster sessions at the 24th Annual Research Conference (ARC) in the Convocation Center on UNG's Dahlonega Campus. Other students participated in panel discussions on topics such as educational experiences and musical research.

A number of UNG students from Dawsonville participated in the March 22 conference including: senior chemistry major Alexander Diodati, senior graphic design major Cayla Hall; graduate education majors Lisa McAnally, Paula Poss, Stephanie Moore and Lauren Stanfield; senior psychology major Dana Robinson and sophomore psychology major Isabella Parks.

"Some students conduct research because it is an important skill to learn for graduate school," said Dr. Bryan Dawson, assistant director of undergraduate research. But he thinks it is more than a means to an end. "I personally believe that research is a passion. It is a thread that goes through all of our students, who have an intense desire to understand their field better."

UNG faculty and staff mentor and guide students through their research projects during the academic year. Then the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) hosts the conference in the spring to showcase the research from students on all five campuses and all academic departments.

Students are questioned and critiqued about the research, which will assist them in improving their presentation and research. ARC also helps prepare students to submit and present their research for other conferences such as the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC), the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), or a conference related to their subject.

Research is not limited to laboratory sciences such as biology, chemistry and physics; students who study art, computer science, English, history, kinesiology, mathematics, music, and psychology also conduct research. In fact, ARC organizers encouraged art and music students to participate this year by creating two new rubrics in its submissions process.

For more information about undergraduate research or creative activities, contact the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) curca@ung.edu. For questions about the conference, contact Dawson at bryan.dawson@ung.edu.

Positioned in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia comprises five campuses united by a single mission focused on academic excellence and academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia. With more than 19,000 students, the University of North Georgia is the state's sixth-largest public university. The university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificate and associate degrees to professional doctoral programs.