Research Communications

University seeks students for Research and Creative Activity Expo 

 Jan. 29, 2010

On an average day, the Ohio University Convocation Center’s claims to fame include its basketball and volleyball games. On May 13, however, the athletes will surrender their home court advantage to art installations, scientific studies and a flying car—or two.  

For the past eight years, hundreds of undergraduate, graduate and medical students have gathered at the Convo to present their original work at Ohio University’s annual Student Research and Creative Activity Expo. Projects have included documentary filmmaking, robotic lawn mowers and innovative theater costumes, as well as presentations on the latest findings from areas such as the social sciences, medicine, education, astrophysics and environmental science.

The university invites students from all disciplines and campuses to participate.  Registration is now open, and students must enroll by Sunday, March 21, online at

 2009 Student Research and Creative Activity Expo
Winsome Chunnu presented her research at the 2009 event.

Participants have the choice of giving a 10-minute presentation to a panel of judges. Top prizes of $100 and $300 are awarded in each category organized by discipline. This year, the university will offer a total of more than $18,000 in prizes.  

Students, faculty members, administrators, community members and middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend the event to learn about Ohio University student research and to give feedback to the presenting students.  

“The event gives students a chance to get their work out there,” said expo organizer Roxanne Malé-Brune. “Presenters become peer mentors to fellow students, which then leads more students to participate.”

The large venue helps provide a comfortable and fun atmosphere for the students.

“Research tends to be intimidating to students,” said Malé-Brune, director of grant development and special projects for the Graduate College. “This is an opportunity for them to test-drive their career through a faculty-mentored project in a fun way. They can think about their futures and see if they are going in the right direction.”

Last spring, more than 550 students participated in the event. The atmosphere and success of the expo continue to bring students and faculty judges back for more, year after year.

As a volunteer judge for the past two years, Eric Stinaff, assistant professor in the department of physics and astronomy, said that he looks forward to the event.

“This is truly a unique event where I have the opportunity to interact with people from every area at Ohio University,” Stinaff said.  “It's a great platform for the university to showcase the impressive amount and quality of research and creative activity—not just internally, but to the community as a whole.”

The ninth annual Student Research and Creative Activity Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.  

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College, Office of the President and Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.  

For more information about the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, or for information about registration, please contact Roxanne Malé-Brune at or 740-597-1227.

A short video of the event is available online.

By Bridget Peterlin