Undergraduate students to present research at state Capitol

April 5, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham



Ohio legislators will get a firsthand look at the interesting research of undergraduate students studying across northwest Ohio during the fourth annual Posters at the Capitol at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Wednesday, April 6.

More than 50 students from The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, the University of Findlay, Ohio Northern University and Heidelberg University will display 35 posters and discuss their research at the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium of the Statehouse.

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) will welcome the students to the Capitol at the beginning of the event. All students invited the senators and representatives from their hometowns to meet with them and view their research during the day.

“Posters at the Capitol is a great opportunity for both the students to present their research and thank their legislators for their support, but the representatives and senators also learn more about the educational discoveries they support through their backing of higher education,” said Dr. Thomas Kvale, director of the UT Office of Undergraduate Research.

There are a number of collaborative projects on display this year with students in the Ohio Choose First Scholarship Program who partnered for Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future projects. UT and BGSU students led that research, which investigates solar, wind and biomass energy options.

This year, more projects in humanities, education and business than in the past are joining the science, engineering and medical research projects that traditionally are presented at Posters on the Capitol, Kvale said.

Among the 2011 projects are a UT student studying socioeconomic status as a predictor to anxiety conditioning, University of Findlay students who looked at the behavioral gender differences in zoo-reserved Humboldt penguins, a Heidelberg student who investigated the use of tobacco products to the presence of tooth decay, and Ohio Northern students who researched the antidepressant effects of Fluoxetine in mice.

The event is modeled after the successful national Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill held annually in the Capitol of the United States in Washington, D.C. This year, the U.S. Congress has declared April 11-15 as Undergraduate Research Week.