West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is preparing for its annual Research and Creative Scholarship Conference from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday (April 9) in the Towers Blue and Gold rooms of the Evansdale Residential Complex.

“Research performed by students is at the core of the WVU mission, which is to deliver high-quality education and excel in discovery and innovation in the state, our nation and the world,” said Vagner Benedito, assistant professor of biochemical genetics in the Davis College and one of the event’s organizers.

Graduate and select undergraduate students in the Davis College will have the opportunity to present research conducted as part of theses or dissertations, or representing their efforts on projects conducted in collaboration with faculty members.

“Through research, students get involved with specific topics, learn how to address their questions, work towards accomplishing their goals and finally confront their results with the existing body of knowledge,” Benedito said. “This process not only advances our current understanding of the world, but also creates better citizens who are capable of critically thinking.”

Twenty-six posters will be on display, representing subjects ranging from wetland mitigation to organic food production. Twenty presentations will cover topics such as the effects of extended sleep on female athletes, the economics of pollution, social network relationships and brand identities.

“The Davis College Research and Creative Scholarship Conference celebrates what we do here in our college,” Benedito said. “It congregates students and advisors from all divisions. It also creates an environment where we can learn which creative activities our colleagues are doing and allows for fellowship.”

Papers by doctoral candidates will be presented from 8:10 – 11:50 a.m., with master’s students presenting papers from 1:30 – 5:10 p.m. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the day and authors will be on hand to answer questions from attendees.

The event is free and open to the public.



CONTACT: Lindsay Willey, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
304.293.238, Lindsay.Willey@mail.wvu.edu

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