UMW Students and Faculty Collaborate with Dahlgren Researchers

(copyright Patrick Ross Photography, 2012)

Eight University of Mary Washington students have received hands-on guidance this semester from mentors at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren. The students shared the results of their undergraduate research projects during poster presentations on Wednesday, April 30 at UMW’s Dahlgren campus. … [Read more...]

Students Presented Work at Research and Creativity Symposium

Students discuss their research in Jepson Hall as part of the ninth Research and Creativity Symposium.

Hundreds of University of Mary Washington students presented their research as part of the annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creativity Symposium on Friday, April 25. The event, in its eighth year at UMW, celebrates excellence in undergraduate student research by giving students the opportunity to share their work with faculty, their peers and the public. … [Read more...]

UMW Students Present Research at Annual Symposium, April 25

Every year, students showcase their work at the Research and Creativity Symposium.

Hundreds of University of Mary Washington students will present their research as part of the annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creativity Symposium on Friday, April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. … [Read more...]

UMW to Host Psi Chi Symposium, April 17-18

James P. Morris, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Virginia

James P. Morris, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, will deliver the keynote address at the 29th annual Psi Chi Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Psychology at the University of Mary Washington. … [Read more...]

Virginia Psychology Group Recognizes UMW Students

Heath Sharp and Drew Hickey were recognized by the Virginia Psychological Association.

University of Mary Washington psychology majors Drew Hickey and William “Heath” Sharp were recognized for their outstanding undergraduate research at the Virginia Psychological Association’s spring conference April 25 in Richmond. … [Read more...]

Students Presented Work at Research and Creativity Day

Every year, students showcase their work at the Research and Creativity Symposium.

Students at the University of Mary Washington gave more than 100 research presentations during the annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creativity Day on Friday, April 26. … [Read more...]

UMW Biology Students Win Awards for Research

Junior Sarah Marzec

Two University of Mary Washington students won first place poster awards at the 15th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. The symposium, held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on Saturday, Oct. 20, brought together more than 220 undergraduate students from 45 universities. Junior Daniel Browne won first place in a biological sciences division for his paper “An Expansion of Nematode Phylogeny.” His project isolated more than 100 species of roundworms, expanding the body of research surrounding the species and establishing a foundation for future studies. Browne, a biology major with a minor in chemistry, is from Fairfax, Va. Junior Sarah Marzec, of Woodbridge, Va., won first place in a biological sciences division for her paper “Phylogenetic Classification of Nematodes.” Her project examined nematodes, microscopic roundworms that often live in soil, to build a phylogenetic tree. Marzec, a biology major, used DNA … [Read more...]

Student Researchers Showcase Work at Summer Symposium

Yoshi Takeda, shown on the Fredericksburg Canal, is one of 22 students who will participate in the Summer Science Institute Symposium on July 25.

More than 20 UMW students presented their research during the Summer Science Institute’s Symposium on Wednesday, July 25. Eleven students gave 20-minute oral presentations throughout the day and another 11 students displayed poster presentations. UMW’s Summer Science Institute, a 10-week undergraduate research program, started in 1999. This year’s projects are collaborations between the students and professors Dianne Baker, Theresa Grana, Werner Wieland, Janet Asper, Nicole Crowder, Stephen Davies, Jennifer Polack-Wahl, Ben Kisila, Melanie Szulczewski, Charles Whipkey, Julian Esunge, Leo Lee and Hai Nguyen. The tentative schedule is as follows: 9 – 9:20 a.m. Elyse Clark, "Comparative Analysis of the Environmental Evolution of Two Reservoirs in Virginia" 9:20 – 9:40 a.m. Yoshi Takeda, "Turtles in the Fredericksburg Canal: Identifying and Estimating Populations Sizes" 9:40 – 10 a.m. Eric Johnson, "Modifying Copper Oxide with Azide-Terminated Phosphonic Acids: Toward … [Read more...]

Journey to Madrid Offers Window into Spanish History

Madrid 2012 Biblioteca Nacional

A group of University of Mary Washington students camped out in a Madrid library, scrolling through decades-old microfilm to learn more about Spanish women’s social and civic activities during the early 20th-century. “We got a better sense of the breadth and depth of what charity meant at that time,” said Betsy Lewis, professor of Modern Foreign Languages, who led the nine-day trip to Spain this summer. Sophomores Sarah Abbott, Madeline Albrittain, Katie Lebling and Lara Pugh, read and cataloged women’s publications from the period of Spain’s civil war through the early Franco dictatorship. The magazines, a window into trends and culture of the time, are not digitized or readily available outside of Spain, making the journey from UMW a necessary one. The trip was the capstone of the research team’s semester-long project, “Women and Charity in Spain,” one of 15 undergraduate research projects for spring 2012 and one of dozens of projects to receive an undergraduate research … [Read more...]

UMW Students Showcase Undergraduate Research

Professor Randall Helmstutler is working with sophomore Claire Gianelle on a calculus research project.

More than 125 University of Mary Washington undergraduate students presented their work at the sixth annual Research and Creativity Symposium on Tuesday, April 17. The 96 presentations came from all disciplines, including the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, art and humanities. In one session, groups of students under the direction of Associate Professor of History Jeff McClurken presented “Digital History: James Farmer Lectures,” “Historic Buildings of the University of Mary Washington” and “Digital History: The James Monroe Museum Political Cartoon Archive.” Other presentations covered a myriad of topics, including zombie films, “helicopter parenting,” soil erosion in the Rappahannock River and the effects of cell phone radiation on genes. The UMW Research and Creativity Symposium is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The symposium showcases collaborative work between faculty and students and celebrates the scholarly and creative … [Read more...]