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ETSU Undergraduates Present
Research Finding to State Legislators
(February 2007)

Front: Erika Adams, Lucinda Langston, Robyn “Nikki” Gibson, Ethan Rutledge, and Chancellor Dr. Charles Manning
Back: Dr. Foster Levy, Ian Longacre, Vice Chancellor Dr. Paula Short

Five ETSU undergraduate students traveled to Nashville to present the results of their research projects to state legislators.  The second annual “Posters at the Capitol” event was held February 7th, 2007.  Students discussed their projects in individual meetings and over lunch with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; Senators Rusty Crowe, Jerry Cooper, Steve Southerland, Bo Watson; and Representatives Jim Cobb, Matthew Hill, David Hawk, and Nathan Vaughn.  Chancellor Dr. Charles Manning and Vice Chancellor Dr. Paula Short of the Tennessee Board of Regents funded and attended the event.

Six TBR universities each selected five students to serve as ambassadors for their school.  The purpose of the event was to update state legislators on the exciting, individualized studies and accomplishments that accompany the modern emphasis on student-based research.  Each of the student researchers works closely with a faculty mentor.  All of the ETSU students were prior recipients of Student-Faculty Collaborative Grants from the ETSU Honors College. The ETSU students and their projects were:

Erika Adams, Jonesboro, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, is developing strategies for increased civic engagement in local rural communities.

Robin Gibson, Salem, Virginia, Department of Geology, is working with her advisor on a project to develop early warning systems to protect people from tsunamis.

Lucinda Langston, Mount Carmel, Department of Anthropology, has been analyzing and dating ceramic pottery from pre-European settlements along the Holston River.

Ian Longacre, Hixson, Department of Psychology, has been conducting a laboratory study to better understand how nicotine effects brain function.

Ethan Rutledge, McMinnville, Department of Chemistry, is using quantum chemistry to develop more efficient light emitting diodes.

Undergraduate student research as a learning tool has received increased emphasis at ETSU as these projects allow students and faculty to create a personal, comfortable affiliation between students and faculty.  Students gain first-hand research experience while working one-on-one with a faculty mentor in areas not traditionally involved in undergraduate instruction. 

The Undergraduate Research Program is administered by the ETSU Honors College, but funding is not restricted to students in honors programs. Grants provide support for projects and for travel to professional meetings.  For more information concerning the Undergraduate Research Program at East Tennessee State University, contact the Honors College Director of Undergraduate Research Dr. Foster Levy at 423-439-6926, levyf@etsu.edu, or visit the website at http://www.etsu.edu/honors/research






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