From Chinese cinema to the Columbian exchange

Tuesday, April 17 is the 14th annual Student Academic Conference (SAC) at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Students will share their research with faculty, staff, employers and community members.

The research projects cover topics from yoga and athletics to turtles and nest monitoring. Many students will present research related to the F-M community, such as flood protection for the Red River, Canadian geese control in Moorhead, bee populations in tall grass prairies, a summer with the Fargo Police Department, radiosurgery platform at the Roger Maris Cancer Center, and more.

“We want the community to know there is work being done here by our students, and it’s quality work,” Professor Andrew Conteh said. “Let them come and see what these young people are capable of doing.”

Moorhead mayor Mark Voxland said, “It is important for our community to come to MSUM and see the results of research done on campus. It is amazing to see the depth and breadth of student research.” Voxland was the SAC keynote speaker in 2010.

MSUM faculty advised and mentored all of the student research projects. MSUM prides itself on faculty-student engagement, and giving students the opportunity to conduct research at the undergraduate level.

“In my opinion this is the greatest day in the life of the institution, because it is all about learning,” Conteh said.

The SAC gives all students the opportunity to present their work, whether it is their first or tenth time presenting at a conference. “We asked ‘should we be selective and should we look for the best?’ I say no. It’s open to anyone. Somebody may not be the best today, but you give that person a chance and down the line he or she will be a champion,” Conteh said.

The poster displays and presentations will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the MSUM Comstock Memorial Union, with an invitation to observe a juried art exhibition in the Center for the Arts following.

At 7:30 p.m. participants and audience members of the SAC can attend the production of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov in Gaede Stage, Roland Dille Center for the Arts, for free.

Click here more information about the Student Academic Conference and for a complete list of the student presentations.

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