KOKOMO, IN - Justin Clark loves sharing his knowledge with others. He had the perfect opportunity to engage with students and professors at the Indiana University Undergraduate Research Conference (IUURC) that took place on the Kokomo campus on Friday, November 18.
More than 100 students from the eight IU campuses participated in the 17th annual conference where they showcased research projects and creative works.
Clark, a junior at IU Kokomo studying history and political science, gave a presentation titled, “The Union: The Rhetoric and Ideology of Abraham Lincoln.” His project featured Lincoln’s presidency and speeches, and how they changed the way Americans view this country. He was on of more than 30 from the Kokomo campus who participated in the undergraduate event.
“Abraham Lincoln has captivated me since I was seven years old,” Clark said. “He is the reason I am studying history and political science. I always refer to him for inspiration and I love discussing what he did for our country.”
Faculty members Chris Darr, Ph.D.; Sarah Heath, Ph.D.; and Karla Farmer Stouse, M.A, sponsored Clark.
Chancellor Michael Harris was very pleased that IU Kokomo hosted the conference this year, as it shows the academic partnership between students and faculty.
“Undergraduate research is one of the most important things a student can experience during their time in college to assure a very successful career,” Harris said. “There is so much to gain and learn from conducting undergraduate research.”
Harris said these opportunities allow students to enhance cognitive, analytical, and communication skills that they will use once in the work place and throughout life.
“I am a firm believer in undergraduate research. This opportunity to present at a conference and share with others ultimately is what we try to do and push the boundaries of knowledge,” he said.
Freshman Dakota Lawson was also excited to be a part of the conference as he performed a poem titled, “Kinds of Love” that he wrote in the E103 Topics in Humanities course.
“I have a newfound love for poetry and it was awesome to be able to perform it,” Lawson said. “The conference was very insightful, and I’m looking forward to hopefully presenting again next year.”
Stouse sponsored Lawson as well.
The IUURC 2011 coordinators were Candy Thompson, director of continuing studies, and Kathy Parkison, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs.
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Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.