Biology major Brittany Ledall will present at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Biology major Brittany Ledall will present at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

100-plus Zags present at national conference

Read about one Gonzaga biology majorBrittany Ledall and what research has meant to her.

Gonzaga may not be known as a research university, but don’t tell that to the 108 students who are so passionate about undergrad research, they applied — and were selected — to present in front of thousands of peers from institutions across the nation. Eastern Washington University hosted the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research, which received submissions from more than 3,700 undergrads eager to present their work. Here, we learn more about what that means to Matt Bahr, associate dean of GU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

What’s the significance of having this many students present at NCUR?

To have so many students participating in a national conference of this type highlights just how active our faculty are in promoting and supporting undergraduate research. It also brings a number of potential benefits, including expanded opportunities for students to engage national and international-level audiences as well as to have their work published and distributed nationally.

What different academic programs do these students represent?

The range of academic programs is quite vast. There were participants from Biology, Chemistry, English, Communications, History, Math, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Physics and Psychology, plus the School of Education and School of Engineering.

What does this participation say about Gonzaga?

Gonzaga is deeply committed to promoting a rich student learning experience. The close faculty mentoring that so many of our students are getting across the range of disciplines illustrates the dedication and commitment to student learning. Conducting original research allows undergraduate students to take the next steps in becoming true scholars and experts in their chosen areas of study.

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