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CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Celebration Week

The CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students within the College of Natural and Health Sciences to present their current or recently completed research projects in a poster format. Research projects that are in progress or in the early stages of development are also encouraged. The research may have been performed as part of a course, an Honors Research Fellowship or an independent project conducted with a faculty mentor. The symposium will provide participants with outstanding preparation for graduate or professional school and future presentations, and will foster greater awareness of undergraduate research within the college.

The CNHS Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on April 22, 2016. All participants are required to register by April 8.

  • The Keynote Presentation will be held in Sykes Room 131 from 2-3 p.m.
  • Poster presentations will be held in Fletcher Lounge in Plant Hall from 3-5 p.m.

Poster presentation

All participants will be eligible for an award for best poster presentation.

All participants will be eligible for an award for best poster presentation. The posters will be judged by faculty based on the following criteria:

  1. Clear focus or central research question
  2. Sound research methodology
  3. Clear presentation of results/product/performance or expected outcome and ability to answer questions
  4. Progress on the project to date
  5. Contribution to the field or discussion of potential impact

Suggested presentation guidelines
The purpose of the poster should be to engage audience members in a discussion of the research. It is recommended that the poster include a limited amount of text with the majority of the poster space be dedicated to graphics (graphs, photographs, schematics, maps, etc.). The poster should be no larger than 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Posterboard and pushpins will be provided to mount the posters.

Keynote Seminar

Cleaning up nuclear waste

2014 Keynote Speaker

Shannon M. Biros, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Grand Valley State University

Shannon M. Biros joined the faculty of GVSU as an assistant professor of organic chemistry in the fall of 2008. She was a graduate of GVSU, receiving her bachelor's in chemistry and bachelor's in biomedical sciences in 2001. From there she moved to San Diego to pursue a doctorate in chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute under the direction of Professor Julius Rebek, Jr. Following the completion of her thesis, Biros spent a year at the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Professor Kenneth N. Raymond investigating the guest binding properties of a series of supramolecular metal-ligand clusters. She is currently in her eighth year as a tenured faculty member at GVSU, and maintains an active research group of undergraduate students.

Nuclear Waste Remediation: Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research

Nuclear power has significant advantages over coal, oil and natural gas given that it is non-greenhouse gas producing and can be utilized as a highly efficient fuel source (e.g., one kg of natural uranium will yield about 20,000 times as much energy as one kg of coal). Unfortunately, a major disadvantage of nuclear power is the disposal and treatment of nuclear waste, which contains mixtures of heavy metals in water. The efficient remediation of this waste remains an unsolved problem. The development of new methods that can remove one metal over all others present in nuclear waste is critical to increasing the sustainability of nuclear power. This seminar will describe our approach to this problem, as well as the incorporation of undergraduate students in the research process. Strategies employed by the speaker, as well as the department and institution, to ensure successful undergraduate research experiences will also be discussed.


Register now!
All participants are required to register by April 8. Please complete the registration form.