Art meets trash, as Grace Woodard prepares a presentation on environmental damage caused by garbage that draws upon her artistic ability, for the upcoming National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Research projects by Western Carolina University students numbered fourth highest in the nation and first in the state among higher education institutions having entries accepted for presentation at the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

The annual spring gathering will take place Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, April 13, at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

“Students who attend the conference have opportunities to meet and interact with other NCUR-accepted students in their disciplines,” said Kloo Hansen, WCU undergraduate research coordinator. “This is the largest national conference for undergraduate students to disseminate their work and have the chance to engage with scholarly activities across all disciplines. Students come away with a larger networking pool and can be inspired and encouraged to do more with their own research and scholarly activities.”

WCU had 76 projects accepted, ranging from topics in biology, criminal justice and diversity studies to literature and environmental science and others. Sixty-seven students will be attending the event with four faculty and staff members.

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Originally published March 27, 2019.

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