Student-Scholars on the Road

Student-Scholars on the Road

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research showcases the nation’s best in baccalaureate-level work
By Pauline Oo

Instead of descending on Graceland or sinking their teeth into mouthwatering barbecue, 16 Katies (including Madisen Hyatt ’18, in photo) spent two-and-a-half days in Memphis presenting to — and fielding questions from — an audience of peers and faculty from across the United States.

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held each spring, showcases the nation’s best in baccalaureate-level scholarly work. Over the past three years, the University’s acceptance rate for NCUR abstracts is 100 percent — notably better than the national average of 80 to 90 percent.

“This success rate is a testament to our students’ great work and to the exceptional mentoring provided by faculty and the collaborative research advisory committee,” says Lynda Szymanski, director of St. Kate’s Collaborative Undergraduate Research program.

While there wasn’t much time for fun in this home of the blues, these high-performing Katie researchers — who spoke on topics ranging from genetics to Biblical law — did enjoy some local sites, sounds and flavors
one evening downtown.

MADISEN HYATT ’18 EXPLAINS HER RESEARCH POSTER. Photo by Lynda Szymanski.

MADISEN HYATT ’18 EXPLAINS HER RESEARCH POSTER. Photo by Lynda Szymanski.

 

Katies present in D.C. 
Three students — Chi Na Moua '17, Courtney Kirkeide '17, and Nicole Szyszka '17 — who presented at NCUR were also invited to speak at 21st Annual Posters on the Hill and mingle with senators in Washington, D.C., April 25–26.

Learn more about their trip at St. Kate's Newswire.

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