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The 16th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

May 16, 2011

S-stars, dance diving, history, memory, algorithms, and quantum individuality—hundreds of undergrads show off research projects at this year’s Denman Forum.

Astronomy and physics major Elizabeth Otto spent her summer looking at S-stars, then compiled her stargazing into research.

Psychology and pre-med major Cody Bok studied how adherence to treatment affects adolescent patients with cystic fibrosis.

And international students and business majors Mengshi Li and Yiran Wang examined education status among AIDS orphans in China.

These are just a few of the 580 undergraduates who presented research at the 16th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, a joint venture between Ohio State's Honors & Scholars Center, Undergraduate Research Office, and Office of Research.

With research on everything from anthropology to zoology, the Denman Forum is really "a cross section of the university," said Allison Snow, director of the Undergraduate Research Office.

"Every year I come back I see that the students are getting even better and better," said Denman sponsor and judge Dr. Gerard Boutin. "Undergraduate research makes a student become–instead of a receiver of information–an inquirer of information."

"The students come to understand that we're a big research university with a lot of opportunities," Snow said. "They don't just hear about the research. They're actually doing the research."

See the full list of Denman winners and Denman Research Mentor Awards.

See the complete list of Denman participants and abstracts.