JEFFERSON CITY – Fifty-four students representing the four campuses of the University of Missouri System participated in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on March 15.
The annual event gives students an opportunity to share with state lawmakers the wide variety of undergraduate research taking place across the university system.
Morgan Hovis of Fredericktown, a senior majoring in chemical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was among the participants. Hovis presented her research titled "The separation of ethane and ethylene via adsorbents” under the direction of Fateme Rezaei, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering.
Hovis had the opportunity to meet with her hometown legislators Senator Wayne Wallingford and Representative Shelley Keeney.
Morgan is the daughter of James and Michelle Hovis of Fredericktown, Missouri.
The student researchers were selected in a competitive process to present their projects to Missouri’s elected officials, and included 24 students from the University of Missouri-Columbia, 19 from Missouri University of Science and Technology, nine from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and two from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
“Student engagement in research projects with faculty members at each of our campuses is a staple of the undergraduate academic experience,” Bob Schwartz, interim UM System vice president for academic affairs, said. “The experience exposes students to the wonders and possibilities of research and innovation, and helps develop them as future scientists and entrepreneurs whose discoveries could result in new technologies and businesses, and improve the quality of life for Missourians.”
Students highlighted the broad spectrum of research conducted at across the UM System’s four campuses including research in the areas of education, health, agriculture, biotechnology, transportation and infrastructure, social services, and economic development.
The UM System is one of the nation’s largest public research and doctoral level institutions with more than 77,000 students on four campuses.