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Undergrads earn research awards

Students from the College of Health and Human Sciences’  Undergraduate Research Awards Program (URAP) represented our college and presented their work at OSU’s Celebration of Undergraduate Excellence and our own URAP poster session in the Women’s Building during April.

Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) is an annual gathering for all undergraduates at Oregon State University to share their research and accomplishments in their studies. The event included 57 students from 6 colleges presenting their work in a symposium like setting. Poster presentations, during which researchers explain their research to individuals and small groups, provide a great learning opportunity and resume builder for students new to the research process.  All of the participants and award recipients from the 2011 event had thought provoking and original presentations.

Natasha Luff and Eileen Pierce-Freeman present their poster on "Recipe Development and Evaluation for USDA Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition".

Natasha Luff and Eileen Pierce-Freeman presented their prize-winning research at CUE and the URAP Poster session. Their primary research focus was to develop healthy recipes that kids will enjoy to eat in order to get rid of the negative stigma that is associated with the word ‘healthy’. Natasha, Eileen and the research team went to Corvallis High School where they tested their healthy recipes, and in the end found that Calzones filled with healthy alternatives worked best.  Angelica Grizzle also won an award for her project entitled The Relationship Between Self-Regulation and Having Siblings.

Oregon State University undergraduate researchers in various programs have a wide variety of opportunities available to them to extend their research learning. In addition to being able to work closely with a faculty member here at OSU, many undergraduates receive research awards to support their work. Some students present their research findings at professional conferences nationally and internationally. Other students publish their research in undergraduate and professional journals. Finally, students have had their stories shared in a variety of news articles featuring OSU undergraduate researchers.

Watch the video of some of our extraordinary students and visit the HHS Facebook page to view more pictures of these events!