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Notre Dame of Maryland University Celebrates Nancy Kreiter Research Day

April 24, 2014

Notre Dame of Maryland University is hosting Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day, the university’s annual showcase of research in arts and sciences, on Friday, April 25.

More than 70 Notre Dame students will be exhibiting projects in a series of 12 sessions, running from 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Fourier Hall. This year, awards will be given for the Best Responses to the Common Reading, In the Time of the Butterflies. These will include: Best Essay on the Common Reading by a first-year student; Best Research Paper based on a topic related to the Common Reading; and Best Creative Response to the Common Reading.

The Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day will conclude with a picnic supper, complete with music and awards for the best presentations in each of the divisions: Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, as well as one overall award for excellence. .

Notre Dame President Joan Develin Coley is opening the day’s events, followed by remarks from Deanna Cerquetti, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate in psychology and Spanish who is currently pursuing doctoral studies at UMBC in the Language, Literacy and Culture program. Her research interests include sociolinguistics, heritage, collective memory and identity construction in immigrant populations within the United States. She is embarking on a ethnographic-type research project involving interviewing different generations of immigrant groups in Baltimore in order to better understand how they conceptualize their identity based on the mitigation of American culture and their culture of origin.

The Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day, one of the hallmarks of Notre Dame’s rich educational environment, is the opportunity for students to participate in research in their fields of interest. Notre Dame students perform in concerts, exhibit original art, create poster presentations to describe scientific research, and analyze poetry in literary papers. Faculty members mentor and at times collaborate in the development of these projects.

The research forum honors the late Dr. Nancy Kreiter, associate professor of biology at Notre Dame, who was a strong advocate for undergraduate research. Prior to her untimely death in December 2007, she was part of a faculty task force that explored ways students and faculty could develop and deepen opportunities for student research. Initiating a forum to share student research was one of their suggestions.

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