Undergraduate researchers excel at forum

Undergraduate researchers excel at forum

April 17, 2014

By Tim Crosby


CARBONDALE, Ill., -- Several Southern Illinois University Carbondale students brought home awards based on the work they presented at the university’s recent Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Forum. 

The event, held April 7, featured a poster session highlighting original research and creative activities by undergraduate students.  The posters explained the project methodology and, when appropriate, the research findings or conclusions. 

Students competed for other awards including: the Saluki Research Rookies’ poster awards, the Saluki App competition awards and the SIU Carbondale Literary & Art Awards and the People’s Choice Award. 

The event began in 2002 and is part of the Research-Enriched Academic Challenge (REACH) program.  The program emphasizes the importance of engaging undergraduate students in research and creative projects as a way to personalize their education, to enhance their experience and to build relationships with the faculty members who mentor their progress. 

The SIU Carbondale Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities and the Sustainability Council sponsor the event. 

Here are the award winners by category, with year in school, major, hometown and title of their work: 


Biological Science

Humanities/Social Science/Business/Education

Physical Science/Engineering

People’s Choice Award