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Posted July 31, 2008

COLUMBIA, MO -- Opting for books over the beach, dozens of undergraduate students at the University of Missouri are spending their summers as undergraduate research interns, making an investment in their future and the future of society.

Linda Blockus.

Linda Blockus

Sponsored by the MU Office of Undergraduate Research, interns work side-by-side with faculty mentors to gain hands-on experience in their area of research. Mentors are members of the MU faculty and are some of the leading researchers in their fields.

On Thursday, July 31, students will present their work at the 2008 MU Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum. The event will take place in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus. A student recognition ceremony will be held from 1-1:30 p.m. in Monsanto Auditorium and poster presentations will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in McQuinn Atrium.

“During the 2008 MU Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum, students have the opportunity to present research they have completed with the help of faculty members,” said Linda Blockus, director of undergraduate research. “The event helps to demonstrate the role of higher education in developing educated citizens and preparing a work force with necessary skills to further the economic growth of the state.”

Participating undergraduates work 30 to 40 hours per week conducting research in areas such as nutritional sciences, exercise physiology and genetics. Research topics from last year included, “Microwaves in the heavens” and “The Israeli women soldier: The under-utilized potential of women in the Israeli defense forces.”

Students are sophomores, juniors or seniors and represent a wide range of MU schools and colleges including the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; the College of Arts and Science; and the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business.

The Office of Undergraduate Research provides students with a variety of academic and social events throughout the summer. Students are given a chance to bond through activities including an intern-mentor barbeque, a talent show titled “Don’t Quit Your Day Job,” and a plant genomics seminar.

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