NIU scholars to present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Four NIU scholars have been chosen to present their work at the 31st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) this month. NCUR is sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), a national not-for-profit educational organization focused on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR was founded in 1978 and is comprised of individual and institutional members representing over 900 colleges and universities. NIU holds an enhanced membership with CUR.

The following NIU students were selected to present at this year’s National Conference on Undergraduate Research:

· Miranda Cox, sophomore biological sciences major and psychology minor, will be presenting her work titled, “Exercise: Blocking Negative Effects of Social Isolation Stress in an Animal Model.” Cox is a peer mentor in the Research Rookies Program.

· Earle Isibue, senior geography major, will be presenting his work titled, “Lidar Mapping for Merged Interior and Exterior 3-D Modeling.” Isibue is a peer mentor in the Research Rookies Program.

· Tyechia Price, senior history major, will present her current research titled, “The History of Leis in Hawaii During Pre-Colonial, Colonial and the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance Eras.” Price is a peer mentor in the Research Rookies Program.

· Lexie Williams, senior public health major, will provide an oral presentation on her research titled, “Assessing Food Insecurity at Northern Illinois University.” Williams is a recipient of the Student Engagement Fund.

For more information on undergraduate research initiatives at NIU, visit www.niu.edu/engagedlearning/undergraduate-research.

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