A Morris native presented her undergraduate research project during the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington, Ky. earlier this month.
Psychology major Ashley Lamb is one of 44 Eastern Illinois University students who attended the conference and presented research on a range of topics from mental illness to bioenergetics, according to a news release from EIU.
Lamb gave a poster presentation on the “Attentional Effects on Memory for Emotional Faces and Events.” She was mentored by EIU psychology professor Jeffrey Stowell.
Richard England, dean of the honors college, said EIU has become a state leader in undergraduate research, and the university continues to make research a fundamental part of its mission.
“We are way ahead of the curve on undergraduate research compared to other Illinois universities, particularly in our participation in NCUR,” he said in the release. “Our students participate in a variety of enriching and challenging research projects, and they have a large presence at the NCUR conference.”
England said undergraduate research gives students the opportunity to show future employers they have the skills and the drive to take what they learned in the classroom, and to make their own discoveries in arts, humanities, sciences and applied disciplines.
“Research is not just sitting in the classroom,” England said in the release. “Our students are using their skills to showcase their own ideas and thoughts.”
The conference also provided an opportunity for students to submit their research topics for publication, and they received input from professors across the country. Representatives from Eastern Illinois University have been attending the conference for the last seven years.