Research Communications

Expo to showcase research and creative work of 600 Ohio University students 

Hundreds of regional middle school students to discover the power of research

May 4, 2010

ATHENS, Ohio – Hundreds of middle and high school students from regional school districts will visit the Ohio University Convocation Center Thursday, May 13, to learn how the university’s students are exploring new treatments for cancer and diabetes, uncovering new information about the anatomy of dinosaurs and shooting their own clay animation films and documentaries.

Ohio University hosts the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo annually to demonstrate the results of its student research, scholarship and creative activity inside and outside of the classroom. About 600 undergraduates, graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows will present 500 projects this year, on topics ranging from wind power and sports tourism to how Muslim immigrant children fare in U.S. public schools.

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The middle and high school students, who will be hosted by the Office of Admissions, Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the university’s STEAM project, will get a chance to interact with Ohio University students who are doing work that enhances their educational experience, increases opportunities for graduate school admission, fosters career paths and makes a positive impact on society.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to communicate their research with the middle school and high school students,” said expo organizer Roxanne Malé-Brune, director of grant development and projects for the Ohio University Graduate College. “A large part of the learning experience for college students is to transition from their student status and to learn how to accept the responsibility as a role model for the next generation of scholars.”

Local schools participating include Athens Middle School, Athens High School, Alexander High School, Federal Hocking Middle School and Belpre Middle School.

The Ohio University student participants have the choice of having their work reviewed by a panel of judges who award up to $300 in prize money to the top projects in various categories organized by discipline or related subjects. Presentations will range from live performances, interactive demonstrations and exhibits to posters.  

“The Student Research and Creative Activity Expo is an opportunity for Ohio University to recognize innovative student work. University and local community visitors to the event always are impressed with the breadth and number of projects, as well as the creativity and ingenuity of our students,” said Rathindra Bose, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College.

The event, which is free and open to the university community and general public, will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, at the Convocation Center. Free pizza will be provided from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

The Student Research and Creative Activity Expo is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Dean of the Graduate College, Office of the President and Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Contacts: Roxanne Malé-Brune, (740) 597-1227, male-bru@ohio.edu; Andrea Gibson, (740) 597-2166, gibsona@ohio.edu.