A total of 28 Hope College students will be making presentations during the forthcoming 19th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), being held at the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., on Wednesday-Saturday, April 20-23.
The students will be reporting on original research projects that they have conducted. They worked with faculty mentors representing disciplines at Hope including accounting, art and art history, biology, chemistry, communication, education, kinesiology, nursing, physics and engineering, political science, psychology and sociology.
The mission of NCUR, established in 1987, is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education. The annual conference is open to students from all institutions of higher learning and from all academic disciplines.
The students participating from Hope are: junior Greg Borst of Jenison; senior Andrea Brani of Oxford; senior Rachel Canfield of Whitehall; junior Kyle Cox of Marshall; senior Katherine Dekker of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; senior Helen Fylstra of Hinsdale, Ill.; senior Zachary Garrett of Spring Lake; senior Brenna Giacherio of Englewood, Ohio; senior Marcy Haik of Grandville; senior Katrina Herron of Davison; senior Kelli Hoogerhyde of Grand Rapids; senior Andrea Kaffka of Naperville, Ill.; senior Karen Kaye of Saugatuck; senior Audra King of Caledonia.
Also, senior Lindsey Kuipers of Grandville; senior Christopher Lam of Kalamazoo; senior Heidi Libner of Park Ridge, Ill.; junior Negeen Masghati of Naperville, Ill.; senior Kyle Morrison of Niles; junior Emily Nelson of Mount Morris, Ill.; senior Catherine (Annie) Otto of Byron Center; senior John Rodstrom of Mount Vernon, Ohio; sophomore Sarah Story of Glendale Heights, Ill.; junior Darren VanBeek of Orland Park, Ill.; junior Jeff Vandlen of Kalamazoo; senior Joshua Van Dop of Columbus, Ohio; senior Pamela Van Dort of Midland; and junior David Weatherly of Shelby Township.
The students' presentations and their conference categories follow: