From determining the preferred microhabitat for geckos to developing an iPad app, to learning the truth about energy drinks, Freed-Hardeman University students researched these topics and more this year. They presented the results of their work April 20 at the university’s annual Research Day.
The Research Center and the School of Sciences and Mathematics hosted the event to showcase the “hard work, time and dedication our students put into their research,” organizers said. Twelve 15-minute research reports were presented. Prospective students were also invited to attend the event.
"Research Day was a tremendous success. During this event, some of our top students were able to share the results of their research projects with both their peers and faculty," Dr. Brian Butterfield, chairman of the biology department, said.
This year, the School of Sciences and Mathematics added a professional fair to the day’s activities. At the fair, FHU students talked to representatives from various health science programs and the schools that can potentially help them be accepted into these programs. Health arts students from other universities were also invited to the fair.
Dwina Willis, FHU associate professor of Bible and biology, was involved in preparing for the fair. In addition to helping students, she sees the event as “an opportunity for these schools to come to our campus and get to know FHU and our students better.”
Representatives from the following programs attended: Lipscomb University’s pharmacy program, Christian Brothers University’s physician assistant program, Union University’s pharmacy program, University of Louisville’s dental school, uniform military services, and Kaplan Review classes.