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Senator ‘Amazed’ by Students, Posters at the Library

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Sen. Richard Briggs, right, speaks with Emma Pugmire, senior in Classics, about her research on the Latin inscription at ‘Ayn Gharandal during the Posters at the Library event at Hodges Library Friday, March 27, 2015.

The Office of Undergraduate Research held a Posters at the Library event Friday afternoon, March 27 in Hodges Library. This event was previously scheduled in February as the annual Posters at the Capitol event in Nashville. However, due to inclement weather the trip was canceled.

“We are excited to give our students another chance to share their research with our state legislators and the general public,” said Marisa Moazen, director of undergraduate research.

Nine undergraduate students presented eight posters at Friday’s event on subjects ranging from physics to archaeology. Approximately 100 people stopped by to hear presentations and speak with students about their research.

Several state legislators were invited to the event after the students missed the opportunity to visit with them in Nashville. Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville, visited with the students and spoke with them about their work.

Sen. Richard Briggs, left, speaks with Sheridan Brewer, senior in Microbiology, about his research during the Posters in the Library event at Hodges Library Friday, March 27, 2015.

Sen. Richard Briggs, left, speaks with Sheridan Brewer, senior in Microbiology, about his research during the Posters at the Library event at Hodges Library Friday, March 27, 2015.

“I was absolutely amazed at the sophistication of the research and the dedication of the students,” said Briggs.

“The number of undergraduates conducting research at the university is increasing each year,” said Moazen. “So it is important we provide opportunities for them to interact with a variety of audiences.”

View participants from the 2015 Posters at the Capitol event and read about their research.