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USU, U of U undergrad students present varieties of research at Capitol

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 00:02

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More than 30 undergraduate students gathered in the rotunda of the Utah Capitol on Saturday with students from University of Utah to present their research projects to the state legislature and the public.

 

Scott Bates, associate vice president of Research and Graduate Studies at USU, said the event, known as Research on Capitol Hill, is a shoot-off of the larger event held each April in Washington D.C., called Posters on the Hill.

 

“About 10 years ago, my predecessor and the University of Utah decided that we should replicate that program here in Utah,” he said.

 

Bates said the purpose of the event is 80 percent to showcase the students and 20 percent to showcase the university.

 

“It was seen as an opportunity to get both of the research universities in the state to show how they are distinguished from the non-research universities in the state,” Bates said. “They aren’t doing this kind of thing at SUU.”

 

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was present at the event and gave remarks.

 

“Utah is leading the nation in nearly every metric,” Cox said. “But we are still going to need people smarter than me to solve our problems.”

 

The student presenters represented every college at USU with the exception of the Caine College of the Arts.

 

Jared Glenn, a senior double majoring in sociology and political science, presented his research on whether or not a professor’s gender affects learning by male students.

 

“It’s been known for a while that female students prefer and perform better with female teachers,” he said. “I wanted to find out if the same went for male students.”

 

Mark Soffe, a senior in biochemistry, has been investigating an alternative method of purifying specific proteins.

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