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ETSU to hold annual Boland Undergraduate Student Research Symposium

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JOHNSON CITY (March 26, 2014) —East Tennessee State University students will have the opportunity to display their abilities and research projects at the annual Boland Undergraduate Student Research Symposium on Tuesday, April 1, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Millennium Centre.

Undergraduates may present oral presentations or artistic exhibits and performances. The symposium provides an informal, non-competitive environment in which students summarize their research through presentations followed by discussion with the audience.

This year, students will share research covering a wide range of topics, from Tyler Cox outlining the process of creating an Android application for ETSU students to Rachel Lewis explaining which variety of apple will yield the most profit when grown organically. Another student, Lindsay Farris, will describe her proposed research to explore the effects of soil, climate and topography on growing coffee. She will conduct her research during the coming summer in Hawaii at Kona and Ka'u.

Student art work will be on display in the Millennium Centre lobby, and undergraduates of the ETSU Bluegrass Band will share their talent beginning at 12:45 p.m. in the lobby.

The event is supported by a memorial endowment from the family of Dr. James "Jay" Boland, past director of the University Honors Programs, and is sponsored by the ETSU Honors College and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Details of the free public event may be viewed at http://www.etsu.edu/honors/research/URSymposiumProgram2014web.pdf .

Research activities will continue at the graduate level during the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Wednesday and Thursday, April 2-3, in Millennium Centre.

To learn more about the Boland Symposium, contact Dr. Frosty Levy at (423) 439-6926 or levyf@etsu.edu. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.