Date: May 20, 2005
Contact: Jessica Leshin
Phone: (708) 534-4059
For Immediate Release
University Park, May 20, 2005- Governors State University students will present their academic research on Tuesday May 24 at the university’s 11th Annual Research Conference.
The conference will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the university in Engbretson Hall.
Community members and students are invited to attend the presentations and luncheon.
Keynote speaker Dr. Kathleen D. Morrison will deliver a lecture titled “Making Places and Making States: Agriculture, Metallurgy and the Wealth of Nature in South India.”
Morrison is a professor of Anthropology and the director of International Studies at the University of Chicago.
The conference is a showcase for GSU students from all majors to present independent research before an audience of their peers. Presenters will also field questions from the audience and have their research abstracts published in the conference’s proceedings.
GSU’s President Stuart Fagan and Associate Provost Eric Martin will speak and award a certificate of participation to all student researchers.
Dr. Shelly Kumar, a Governors State professor of Organic Chemistry, has been organizing the event for the past 11 years.
He said, “I was involved with student conferences at other universities, and I thought that it would be nice to hold a conference here at GSU, where all four colleges could meet in a professional setting and show their peers the research they have conducted.”
GSU’s colleges, Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education and Health Professions will all be represented in the conference.
“The conference is designed to create enthusiasm among the student body, and to encourage GSU students to pursue research and other scholarly activities,” Kumar said. “In the long run, students who research and present at conferences like this one are rewarded with a much more exciting and useful educational experience.”