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Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference at Gonzaga April 26 Will Draw Students Regionwide

Posted on April 7, 2014 in: Academics, Events, Faculty & Staff, Mobile, research, Science, Students
College students from throughout the Inland Northwest will descend upon Gonzaga's campus April 26 for the 12th annual Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference. Research in all disciplines will be included. Gonzaga photo.

College students from throughout the region will gather at Gonzaga’s Jepson Center on April 26 for the 12th annual Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference.

SPOKANE, Wash. – College students from throughout the region will discuss their original scholarly research including “The Effect of Prayer on Frustration” and “The Evolution of High Performance Spider Silk” at the 12th annual Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference (SIRC) at Gonzaga University on Saturday, April 26.

SIRC-12thAnnualUsing panels and poster sessions, undergraduates from Gonzaga and many other colleges and universities will discuss their studies and findings with visitors. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Jepson Center for the School of Business Administration.  For more information about the conference visit www.gonzaga.edu/SIRC.

The event allows students to present their research to other students and faculty within and outside of their own academic discipline. The presentations give undergraduates the opportunity to practice presentation skills, develop relationships with other undergraduates and faculty in the region, and see other undergraduate research.

Among the projects from Gonzaga students are:

  • Justin Garcia, psychology: “The Effect of Prayer on Frustration.”
  • Rachel Hammond, sociology: “Just Another ‘Chick Flick’: Gender, Denigration, and Contemporary Cinema.”
  • Sarika Ann Khanwilkar, biology: “Frogs – They Aren’t ‘Hoppy’ About Chytridiomycosis.”
  • James Matern, biology: “The Evolution of High Performance Spider Silk.”
  • Laura Shellooe, dance: “One Piece: A Choreographic Study of the Benefits of Nonsexual Physical Human Connection.”

SIRC is open to all public and private colleges in the Inland Northwest, including Gonzaga, Whitworth University, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, North Idaho College, and the Community Colleges of Spokane. A grant from the Independent Colleges of Washington allows SIRC to also include participants from five private regional colleges and universities: Saint Martin’s University (Lacey, Wash.), Seattle Pacific University, Heritage University (Toppenish, Wash.), Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma), and Walla Walla University.

For more information, visit the www.gonzaga.edu/SIRC or contact Ann Ciasullo, associate professor of English and women’s studies at Gonzaga, at (509) 313-5955 or via e-mail.

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