ISU Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression set for April 20

AMES, Iowa -- They've studied criminal confessions, reverse commuting, Ebola virus proteins, wind energy forecasts, lions' chemical fingerprints, sustainable business practices and trends in dairy cattle fertility.

They're Iowa State University undergraduates from all academic disciplines who will display their research at the fourth annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. The symposium will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium provides undergraduates an opportunity to share their research with the university community, families and other guests through conference-style oral presentation sessions. This year, 73 undergraduates will present 59 research presentations on topics ranging from nanotechnology to eyewitness identification. A morning break will feature undergraduate artists whose works were selected for the 2010 Focus exhibit, a juried showcase of the visual arts at ISU.

Events begin in the Gallery with registration and refreshments, followed at 9 a.m. with opening remarks by U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory Senior Metallurgist Iver Anderson. Presentation sessions will be held in various rooms in the Memorial Union from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and 1:20 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

A detailed schedule of the symposium events and presentations is online at