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ETSU to host annual Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium
A student presenting research during the 2015 Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium.

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University’s 2016 Boland Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held Thursday, March 31, at the Millennium Centre. 

This symposium highlights and celebrates the scholarly efforts and achievements of nearly 60 undergraduates in a broad range of disciplines at ETSU, from the humanities to the sciences.  Student presentations will begin at 8:45 a.m. and continue through the afternoon. 

Among the topics are “It’s Not You, It’s Me: An Investigation of How Introversion and Extroversion Affect a Person’s Willingness to Communicate in Romantic Relationships,” “Investigating Presence and Personal Significance of Appalachian English in Carter County,” “Maintaining Group Cohesiveness Despite Individual Goals,” “Influence of Mechanical Choices on Development and Persistence of Osteoarthritis,” “Responsive Ways of Conducting Sensitive Research,” “Eco-Smart Can,” “3D Printed Food and Dysphagia: Food of the Future Has a Purpose,” “The Use of Automated Speech Recognition in Electronic Health Record Systems in Rural Health Care Systems,” “Early Woodland Ceramics in Upper East Tennessee,” “Predispositions to Drug Addiction: Do Childhood Maltreatment and Insecure Attachment in Adults Increase Substance Use?” and more.

Student artwork will be on display in the Millennium Centre lobby, and a chance to “mingle with the artists” will be offered from 1-1:30 p.m.  In addition, the ETSU Bluegrass Ambassadors will perform in the lobby from 12:45-1:30 p.m.

“The Boland Symposium is inclusive, tremendously diverse – with everything from art to astronomy – and celebratory in nature,” said Dr. Richard Ignace, director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities in the ETSU Honors College and professor of Physics and Astronomy.  “The idea is to give these creative, highly motivated, deeply invested students the opportunity to share their passions and get ‘wins’ through their presentations on topics that appeal to them.”

The symposium is named in memory of Dr. Jay Boland, an ETSU mathematics professor who served as director of the University Honors Scholars Program from 2002-06.  It is sponsored by the ETSU Honors College, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Ronald E. McNair Program, as well as the Dr. Jay Boland Honors Endowment.

For more information, contact Ignace at 423-439-6073 or .  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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