Undergraduate research and scholarly activity workshop comes to NSU
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Undergraduate research and scholarly activity workshop comes to NSU

Published 9/12/18

Grant Neugin


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The virtual communities of undergraduate research and scholarly activity workshop is ready to present for NSU administration and faculty. This workshop will have valuable insight on research opportunities within the collegiate level.


“We would like to see much of the faculty and administration from NSU participate in this workshop,” Sara Barnett, Center for Tribal Studies director. “It is a great way for them to think outside the box when approaching students with different learning styles, different ethnicities and being gender aware.”


This year’s keynote speaker for the workshop is Dr. Ashley Finley. Finley is the secretary to the board at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She also serves as the senior adviser to the president of AAC&U. Finley’s national work focuses on developing the best practices regarding instrumentation, mixed methods assessment and program implementation. Before joining AAU&C, she was an assistant professor of sociology at Dickinson University. She was a teacher for subjects in social inequality, quantitative methods and gender in Latin America. Finley went to Nebraska-Lincoln University and received her bachelor’s degree there. She earned a master’s degree and doctorate degree in sociology at the University of Iowa.


“I hear this language all the time that assessments not going away so we should just get better at it,” said Finley. “I think it’s more than that, I think it’s a lot more than that actually. I think it’s actually getting interested in what student learning is. Telling institutional stories, not just about benchmark levels of how much students are learning, but how much students are actually improving in their learning, is to me a much more helpful thing to begin to ask and begin to lift up for students.”


The student speaker for the virtual communities of undergraduate research and scholarly activity workshop is CheyAnne Youngblood. Youngblood is a senior in the cell and molecular biology program.


She is a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program scholar. LSAMP is a program that allows her to focus on undergraduate research experience and graduate school opportunities. Youngblood is currently working under Dr. Kyeorda Kemp at the Broken Arrow campus and has been since her sophomore year. In NSU’s lab she focuses on the immune system and its response to cytokines.


“Through this work I have attended the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy and won first place at Undergraduate Research Day on campus,” said CheyAnne Youngblood, NSU senior. “I’ve also attended and presented at Tulsa Research Day, the American Association of Immunologists annual meeting in Austin TX, and the National Idea Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) in Washington D.C. I have enjoyed my time in the lab at NSU and will be applying to graduate schools in the spring.”


The workshop will be an all-day event and Zoom will be used for the virtual conference. Faculty within the state and administration out of state usually brings around 90 people to the workshop. The first 20 NSU faculty members who sign up get a free lunch.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 28, in the Webb building room 616.


For more information, email Sara Barnett at barnet11@nsuok.edu.


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